A White House official statement refers to the People’s Republic of China as the Republic of China. The Republic of China is the official name of Taiwan.
Before the late 1970’s, the United States officially referred to Taiwan as the Republic of China, under the belief that Chiang Kai-shek’s nationalist capitalist government in Taiwan spoke for all of China. It was not until President Nixon went to China that the U.S. ended this fiction.
China, as we know it, is officially referred to as the “People’s Republic Of China”.
America’s unflinching support for Taiwan is a sore point for relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. To call the Republic of China, the representative government of China is a major diplomatic snafu and testament to the White House’s abject incompetence.