Chinese social media users are scratching their heads over a "Chinese proverb" U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka posted to Twitter as her father prepared for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
"Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it", she wrote, in an apparent shot at the president's critics. By 1962, it had been put behind the words "Confucius say" by another periodical. "Please help!" the news channel for Sina - the company behind Weibo, China's largest Twitter-like platform - wrote on its official social media account.
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.
"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.More news: White House says Trump plans early summit departure
"Actually Western people like to make up Chinese proverbs, like us, as we Chinese people also make up lots of those", said a diplomatic user on Weibo.
The widely shared tweet, which came ahead of the scheduled meeting between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, was an apparent shade thrown at her father's critics.
The quote also has been attributed to Irish author George Bernard Shaw.
"Our editor really can't think of exactly which proverb this is".More news: 'I Would Absolutely Win' Against Trump in 2020
"And Twitter users in the know were quick to point out the misattribution".
"Maybe she saw it in a Panda Express fortune cookie", one person joked.
Michael Li wrote, "For the record, this is not a Chinese proverb but a piece of "mysterious East" wisdom made up by Westerners".
Bill Kristol, editor of U.S. political magazine The Weekly Standard, tweeted that the phrase "seems in fact to be American from the turn of the 20th century". Since then, the quote has gone through a number of variations and attributions.More news: Neymar mocks Austria's 'UFC' tactics after Brazil win
'But why are Trump WH (White House) aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?' he quipped.