Britain’s new foreign minister, Jeremy Hunt, has made an embarrassing gaffe on his first official visit to China, accidentally describing his Chinese wife as Japanese during a meeting in Beijing on Monday.
Hunt, who was on his first official visit to China since taking over from Boris Johnson, quickly acknowledged the “terrible” error.
“My wife is Japanese — my wife is Chinese. That’s a terrible mistake to make,” Hunt said while trying to curry favor with his host Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Then footage of Hunt’s gaffe swiftly went viral on the internet, while British media also seized on it to show that the former health secretary may prove unfit for the job of top diplomat as Britain seeks to reach a deal with the European Union to leave the bloc by March.
Social media users referred to the gaffe with expressions line “awkward”, “historic” and “the gaffe of the century”. One user said Hunt was trying to…