Ivanka Trump's 'Chinese proverb' tweet mystifies Chinese netizens

Weibo users who agreed it wasn't a Chinese proverb tried to guess what saying she may have been trying to reference.

Ivanka Trump on Monday tweeted a "Chinese proverb" to mark the historic meeting between Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.

According to the BBC, one Weibo user wrote, "Don't give advice while watching others playing a chess game".

Ivanka Trump is finding out that it is not wise to misattribute Chinese proverbs for fear of the wrath of Twitter.

Instead, it sparked a backlash from Twitter users who ridiculed Ivanka for her apparent lack of cultural awareness.

First daughter Ivanka Trump was accused of crimes against philosophy on Tuesday, after she posted a "Chinese proverb" that is not actually Chinese.

In 2013 she posted on Twitter: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life". But experts said the saying was not Chinese.

Arabella Kushner, her daughter, also became an online sensation in China by reciting Chinese poetry in a video shown to President Xi Jinping during Donald Trump's visit to Beijing previous year.

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That sounds like pearls of wisdom from a Chinese sage - except that many Chinese people do not think it is Chinese.

Another said: 'It makes sense, but I still don't know which proverb it is'.

On the internet, there are a number of other instances of the quote being described as a Chinese proverb.

Ms Trump has frequently touted her connection to China and its culture.

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". According to the findings of Quote Investigator, it is often attributed to the Irish author George Bernard Shaw.

The website QuoteInvestigator.com, run by Garson O'Toole, found in 2015 that it may have originated in the United States in the early 1900s as a way of commenting on the innovation of the era. " Bill Kristol, editor of the USA political magazine the Weekly Standard tweeted".

William Kristol, a conservative pundit, joked that the White House, in the midst of a heated trade dispute with China, had given away a valuable American invention.

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