Ivanka Trumps ‘Chinese proverb tweet mystifies China

Ivanka Trump tweets 'Chinese' proverb, confusing China

Donald Trump's daughter tweeted the pearl of wisdom just hours before the US president met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Singapore. -Chinese Proverb " Ivanka wrote in a tweet on Monday. A pseudo-Confucian version was fabricated in 1962 - perhaps explaining why Ms Trump believed it was a Chinese proverb.

On popular social media sites like Weibo, tens of thousands of people discussed genuine Chinese sayings that might convey something similar to Trump's post.

The historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un took place on Tuesday in Singapore.

"Things move along so rapidly nowadays that people saying: 'It can't be done, ' are always being interrupted by somebody doing it", according to an article in the mag, the New York Times reported.

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"One proverb from Ivanka has exhausted the brain cells of all Chinese internet users", a commenter admitted.

They also offered some snarky commentary, including one person who said, "Don't mistake something as a Chinese proverb simply because it's written in Chinese characters".

Quote Investigator, an internet website that looks at the origin of quotations, says the expression might have evolved from a comment in a periodical based in Chicago, Illinois, at the turn of the 20th century.

The official account of Weibo's owner, the tech firm Sina, also was puzzled.

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"Our editor really can't think of exactly which proverb this is". She hired a Chinese-speaking nanny to tutor her daughter, Arabella.

"She saw it in a fortune cookie at Panda Express", mocked one Weibo user, according to the Washington Post.

Bill Kristol, editor of the USA political magazine the Weekly Standard, tweeted a guess that the phrase "seems in fact to be American from the turn of the 20th c. - which makes sense, since its spirit is can-do Americanism".

"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts", she wrote, attributing the quote to Einstein, before quickly being informed by other Twitter users that this was not an Einstein quote. "But why are Trump WH aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?"

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