Christina Fernandez de Kirchner, the president of Argentina, has made fun of the Chinese on Twitter.


In her tweet she laughs at how the Chinese struggle to pronounce the letter ‘r’. She said that the Chinese can’t pronounce words such as ‘rice’ and ‘petrolium’ correctly, instead saying ‘lice’ and ‘petlolium’.

Ms Fernandez is visiting China in an attempt to try to make stronger relations and increase trade between the countries.

Many people on Twitter have said that the tweet was offensive and that she should “know better”.

There has been no official response from her Chinese hosts on the offensive tweet. Ms Fernandez has since apologised for the tweet.


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