Jeremy Hunt red-faced after freaky gaffe - 'That was a bad mistake'

Jeremy Hunt red-faced after freaky gaffe - 'That was a bad mistake'

Jeremy Hunt red-faced after freaky gaffe - 'That was a bad mistake'

Compounding the embarrassment, Hunt accidentally picked the nationality most likely to provoke the ire of his hosts.

While this blunder would have been a catastrophe (as China and Japan are bitter rivals) on its own, what makes it hilarious is that his wife, Lucia Guo, is actually Chinese!

Jeremy Hunt admitted to a "terrible mistake" after describing his Chinese wife as Japanese during a diplomatic mission to Beijing. Although relations have improved somewhat recently, they remain touchy due to issues such as Japan's bloody occupation of parts of China in the 1930s and 40s. "That's a bad mistake to make", Hunt said, to laughter in the room.

"My wife is Chinese, and my children are half-Chinese, and so we have Chinese grandparents who live in Xian and strong family connections in China".

"Sorry, that's a awful mistake to make".

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"My wife is Japanese ― my wife is Chinese", he told his Chinese counterpart.

Hunt's predecessor Boris Johnson quit earlier this month in protest at the government's plan to maintain a close trading relationship with the European Union after Brexit, a strategy that Johnson said would make it much more hard to do free-trade deals.

Hunt was using visit to show Britain's commitment to deepening ties post-Brexit between the nations.

Potential topics of conversation include "the importance of multilateralism and free trade and ways the United Kingdom and China can work together on global challenges such as climate change, development, security and non-proliferation and enforcing UN sanctions on North Korea", his office said.

China's top diplomat laced into the United States on Monday, saying that Washington - not Beijing - is responsible for current trade tensions between the two countries and rejecting the notion that China has taken advantage of the U.S.

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