23 Dec '11, 5am

Whoops: Vietnam displays Chinese flags with 6 stars instead of 5 when receiving Chinese vice-president

Whoops: Vietnam displays Chinese flags with 6 stars instead of 5 when receiving Chinese vice-president

This file picture taken on Dec 21, 2011 shows young Vietnamese girls waving Chinese flags carrying an extra star on them as visiting Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping is greeted during an official welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Hanoi. -- PHOTO: AFP HANOI (AFP) - Vietnam made an embarrassing gaffe this week when receiving China's Vice-president Xi Jinping, considered the future number one in Beijing, by displaying Chinese flags bearing one star too many. The trip was designed to improve strained relations that deteriorated following recent tensions over the disputed South China Sea. But on Wednesday, Mr Xi was greeted with flags picturing six stars, while the official emblem of the People's Republic of China has only five - one large yellow star surrounded by four smaller ones. A similar incident occurred in October, when the six-star flag was used by Viet...

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