UK Prime Minister said she was “honoured” to discover she has been nicknamed “Auntie May” in China
In an interview on state broadcaster CCTV in Beijing, the reporter asked: “Did you realise that you’ve got a Chinese nickname?” Mrs May said: “No, I didn’t!” and was told: “A lot of Chinese people would affectionately call you in Chinese Auntie May. That’s really a kind of a call for Chinese – you’re one of the members of the family. Do you like that?” Mrs May replied: “Oh, thank you. Thank you very much indeed. I’m honoured by that.”
Outlets have nicknamed her "Auntie May" - an affectionate form of lingo that is usually reserved for key allies of Beijing.
“Auntie” is how the Chinese refer to older women, so the name could be a little less flattering than it appears.