Ivanka Trump's 'Chinese proverb' might not be real

Ivanka Trump tweets 'Chinese' proverb, confusing China

Ivanka Trump's family has a lot of fans in China.

On Tuesday, after Trump and Kim met at the hotel in Singapore and shook hands before sitting down for a one-on-one meeting, Ivanka tweeted a simple collage of the iconic handshake between the two leaders.

The daughter of the USA president used a Chinese proverb to extend support, saying, "Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it- Chinese Proverb".

Quote Investigator suggests that it first appeared in 1903, in a periodical called The Public, from Chicago, and referred to the innovations taking place during that time.

"Things move along so rapidly nowadays that people saying: 'It can't be done, ' are always being interrupted by somebody doing it", according to an article in the mag, the New York Times reported. A pseudo-Confucian version was fabricated in 1962 - perhaps explaining why Ms Trump believed it was a Chinese proverb. It was molded over the years to its current form, the quote-focused website found, at one point being attributed to Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw.

In China, where Twitter is blocked, screenshots of Ivanka's saying circulated on the social media site Weibo.

"Fake" Chinese proverb Ivanka where did u get this???", one user wrote, while another added: "This is not a real Chinese proverb but it's nice to know you can use google for fake quotes". "Please help!" it posted.

'She saw it in a fortune cookie at Panda Express, ' one user wrote.

They also offered some snarky commentary, including one person who said, "Don't mistake something as a Chinese proverb simply because it's written in Chinese characters". He tweeted, "Three minutes of googling suggests this is a fake Chinese Proverb".

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