Corrections & Clarifications

Corrections and Clarifications — January 20, 2017

>>The report “Trump has declined Dalai Lama’s request for a meeting” (Jan. 18, 2017), by the Beijing correspondent, said that Michael Pillsbury, a top adviser of Donald Trump’s transition team said the U.S. president-elect had declined the Dalai Lama’s request for a meeting, signalling the new administration’s openness to a policy review on Tibet. There is a fundamental error in the report, which was based on a Chinese language website, mingpao.com The report claimed that the Chinese language website quoted from an interview of Mr. Pillsbury to the China Central Television (CCTV). The website did not cite the CCTV interview. It was the erroneous translation of the content of the website that led to the correspondent’s misrepresentation. Mr. Pillsbury, in his letter to the Editor, has rejected the story altogether, saying he has never told CCTV that Mr.Trump declined a meeting with the Dalai Lama. He also denies being an adviser to either Mr. Trump or his transition team. He maintains he provides informal advice by answering questions from Trump’s staff. The report has been removed from the website.

>>“A year after floods, landowners of Madurantakam owners left high and dry” — read the headline of a report (some editions, Jan. 19, 2017) about fields in villages near Madurantakam in Tamil Nadu being covered with layers of sand. The word — owners — was a repetition in the headline.

There was an error in the second deck also where it said December 2016 instead of December 2015.

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