Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt made a joke about his previous gaffe in describing his Chinese-born wife as Japanese during a message in Mandarin marking the Oriental New Year. 英国外交部长杰里米·亨特用普通话进行的东方新
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt made a joke about his previous gaffe in describing his Chinese-born wife as Japanese during a message in Mandarin marking the Oriental New Year.
In July 2018, Mr Hunt accidentally referred to his wife Lucia as Japanese during an official visit to China as Foreign Secretary.
While meeting his counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing, he said: 'My wife is Japanese -- my wife is Chinese. That´s a terrible mistake to make. My wife is Chinese, and my children are half-Chinese... they have Chinese grandparents in Xian. And strong family connections in China. In fact, we came to China on holiday in April.'
Mr Hunt has been married to Lucia since 2009 and the couple have three children. Mrs Hunt was born in Xi'an, the capital of China's Shaanxi province.
Welcoming in the Chinese New Year, from the heart of London's China Town, Mr Hunt said in Mandarin: 'Hello everyone, I'm Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.'
Continuing in English he said: 'Chinese culture is one of the oldest and most important in the world. So in this year of the pig I want to say thank you for inventing paper, compasses, printing, rockets, spades, pottery and giving the world a most creative, hard-working and dynamic people including of course my wife who contrary to earlier misunderstandings is from China and not Japan.
'Happy New Year to all those celebrating around the world.'
He then added in Mandarin: 'Happy Year of the Pig.'