Ivanka's 'Chinese Proverb' Confuses All Of China

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump arrives prior to a joint news conference between U.S. President Donald Trump an Japan's Prime Minist

Taking to the social media platform ahead of the historic summit between her father, US President Donald Trump, and rogue North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this week, Ms Trump tweeted: "Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it", attributing the meaningful words to a Chinese proverb.

The daughter of the United States 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". A pseudo-Confucian version was fabricated in 1962 - perhaps explaining why Ms Trump believed it was a Chinese proverb.

But users of social media in China, were unable to identify the saying, according to the AFP news agency. According to the website, a Chicago periodical in 1903 published an article that read in part, "Things move along so rapidly nowadays that people saying: 'It can't be done, ' are always being interrupted by somebody doing it".

Ivanka's post appeared to be a jab at her father's critics as he prepared to meet Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Only catch? Chinese Twitter users couldn't recognise the "proverb" as one of their own.

The quote Ivanka invoked on Tuesday has also been attributed to non-Chinese sages like George Bernard Shaw, the Irish playwright. "Please help!" the news account of Sina, the company that operates popular microblogging platform Weibo, posted.

Netizens, however, pointed out that the quote, which purportedly came from China, did not originate from any known Chinese proverb based on sources found online.

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"[My editor] really can't think of what exactly this proverb is".

Weibo users quickly piled in to mock the President' daughter.

"'This not even remotely an actual Chinese proverb.' - Chinese Proverb", angryasianman tweeted.

One person wrote: 'She saw it in a fortune cookie at Panda Express, ' while another added: 'It makes sense, but I still don't know which proverb it is'.

Bill Kristol, editor of USA political magazine The Weekly Standard, tweeted that the phrase "seems in fact to be American from the turn of the 20th century".

"Why are Trump WH aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?"

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