Did the Chinese leader apologize? Depends on your translation

11/19/2012 | Wall Street Journal, The

Chinese politician Xi Jinping spoke at a recent event one hour later than expected, and before his remarks, he said a Chinese phrase that literally translates to "made everybody wait a long time" in English. However, the interpreter at the event relayed his comments in English as "sorry to have kept you waiting." The difference between the two translations has sparked a debate over how to accurately breach the language barrier between different cultures.

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