Ivanka Trump's Proverb Leaves Chinese Internet Users Puzzled

Ivanka Trump tweets 'Chinese' proverb, confusing China

The president's elder daughter fired off a celebratory message hours ahead of his historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. "Please help!" the news channel for Sina - the company behind Weibo - wrote on its official social media account.

Meanwhile, US journalist Bill Kristol pointed out that the proverb could actually have originated in America.

On social media site Weibo, some quoted similar sayings that are popular in China, such as: " Don't give advice while watching others playing a chess game".

"'Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it.' - Chinese Proverb", the first daughter wrote in a tweet that quickly went viral for apparently being fake.

On Twitter itself, several users panned her for writing a "fake" Chinese proverb and called her out for the quote.

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, with Ivanka Trump at far left, at dinner at Mar-a-Lago a year ago.

Maybe she just saw it on a fortune cookie?

This is not Ms Trump's first apparent misattribution to Chinese lore.

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"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.

Only catch? Chinese Twitter users couldn't recognise the "proverb" as one of their own.

"It sounds more legitimate and credible to pronounce a quote coming from the ancient civilization of China", he added.

The internet is awash in misattributed phrases and it can be hard to discern which phrases have a true connection to China's 5000-year-old culture.

The blog Quote Investigator has found that the saying first emerged in a 1903 Chicago magazine in reference to innovation during that time.

In the U.S., with its highly charged political atmosphere, the tweet drew more open mockery.

'But why are Trump WH (White House) aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?' he quipped.

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