Glaring typo in ‘People’s Republic of China’ at Carrie Lam news conference raises eyebrows

All eyes were on a glaring typo behind Chief Executive Carrie Lam as she gave a press conference Tuesday morning to mark the opening of China’s National Games.

In the backdrop, the second character of “People’s Republic of China” was mistyped, with “國” appearing instead of “華.” (In Chinese, China’s full name is “中華人民共和國.”)

The Chief Executive office apologized for the mistake in response to media enquiries.

Lam was addressing media about the China’s National Games, which officially begin Wednesday, during the conference. The leader said that the city’s public broadcaster, RTHK, will be broadcasting the National Games courtesy of state media China Central Television.

The two-week premier sporting event takes place in China every four years. This year, it is being held in Shaanxi Province, and is estimated to attract around 20,000 athletes in 35 sports.

Hong Kong sent a delegation of 169 athletes for the games. Cycling champion Sarah Lee Wai-sze, who took home a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, won a gold medal in a track cycling event Monday ahead of the National Games’ official opening. (Some events took place before the games’ start date.)

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The day before on Sunday, cycling athlete Leung Ka-yu won a bronze medal in a men’s cycling event.

Lam called on Hongkongers to root for the city’s athletes, adding that Hong Kong will be co-hosting the National Games  with Macau and Guangdong in 2025.

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