Ivanka Trump's 'Chinese proverb' tweet mystifies China

Weibo users who agreed it wasn't a Chinese proverb tried to guess what saying she may have been trying to reference. As the discussion grew, some pointed to other popular sayings in China, such as "If you can do it, do it; if you can't, shut up". "Chinese Proverb", wrote one user.

In just a matter of hours, her tweet was liked by tens of thousands of people, but many were left confused as to why she thought the proverb was Chinese. While the Chinese crowd absolutely ridiculed the idea of Ivanka's saying belonging to their culture, one user suggested that it originated in the United States itself.

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"Some said, 'maybe Ivanka saw it on a fortune cookie, ' which despite the name isn't of Chinese origin either". "Please help!" wrote the news channel affiliated with Weibo's parent company on its social-media account.

"Our editor really can't think of exactly which proverb this is".

On Weibo, several people offered Chinese proverb suggestions that might convey something similar, without arriving at an agreement.

As you would expect, Twitter users have jumped at the chance to mock the 36-year-old mother-of-three, with Chinese literature scholar Brendan O'Kane tweeting: "You can call any old sh*t a Chinese proverb on the internet".

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THE daughter of US President Donald Trump has fuelled debate in China after Tweeting a proverb which many in the Asian country believe did not belong to the Chinese.

"Why are Trump WH aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?"

Ivanka and her family enjoy a huge fan following in China.

It's not the first time Ivanka has mistakenly attributed a saying to Chinese lore.

Ivanka Trump has found herself the subject of Twitter mockery after misattributing a quote as an old "Chinese proverb". In 2013, for example, she posted on Twitter, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life", attributing the phrase to Confucius.

In stepped his daughter though, and she seemed to have a profound take on the meeting, citing a "Chinese proverb" to highlight how historic the summit was.

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