President Donald Trump’s tough approach toward China and its leadership apparently has an unexpected soft side.
The president’s grandchildren, Arabella and Joseph, entertained China’s President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan who visited with the first family in Florida on Thursday.
#Trump’s grandson & granddaughter sing traditional Chinese ballad What a Beautiful Jasmine, recite two Chinese ancient poems in Mar-a-Lago pic.twitter.com/YsNx7j3geF
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) April 7, 2017
China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported that the children of Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner sang the traditional Chinese ballad “What a Beautiful Jasmine” as well as reciting ancient Chinese poems at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
Very proud of Arabella and Joseph for their performance in honor of President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan’s official visit to the US! pic.twitter.com/fu3RIh26UO
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 7, 2017
In China, Ivanka and her children have become quite popular thanks in part to videos of daughter Arabella speaking Mandarin and reciting Chinese poetry, which have gone viral in the country.
In February, five-year-old Arabella and her mother visited the Chinese embassy in Washington DC to celebrate the Lunar New Year. China’s Ambassador Cui Tiankai welcomed them to the embassy where they watched a musical performance and saw traditional Chinese arts on display.
LAST WEEK Ivanka and daughter Arabella Trump visited last the Chinese Embassy for the Lunar New Year Celebration. pic.twitter.com/HkoIYxx8Cp
— TRUMP 24/7 (@MichaelDelauzon) February 10, 2017
Ivanka posted a video of Arabella singing a Chinese Happy New Year song and playing with a traditional string puppet. Last month, she shared a photo of her one-year-old son, Joseph, enjoying a traditional Chinese birthday bowl of long-life noodles.
Arabella singing a song she learned for #ChineseNewYear. Wishing everyone an amazing year to come during these days of celebration. 新年快乐！ pic.twitter.com/jxHHLvhmzm
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 2, 2017
The videos have each gone viral in China which has developed an affinity for Ivanka and her children.
CNN called Trump’s daughter a “secret weapon” because of her ability to “soften her father’s confrontational approach towards Beijing in the eyes of the Chinese public.”
According to CNN:
Ivanka gets glowing coverage from China’s state media. After her visit to the Chinese embassy in Washington, the Global Times, a state-run tabloid, said that she was regarded as the “most influential first daughter” and her “words and deeds are also believed to carry more weight.”
“Her appearance at the Chinese embassy, with a certain political and diplomatic significance, could be invigorating to the China-US relationship,” the paper said.
Global Times also defended a factory that makes Ivanka Trump branded shoes against allegations of overwork and poor working conditions.
China’s official news agency, Xinhua News, recently tweeted a photo of Ivanka comparing her to Li Bingbing, one of China’s most famous actresses.
Similar faces: Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and Chinese actress Li Bingbing. Do you think they look like each other? pic.twitter.com/s68ZNC2Lsf
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) February 3, 2017
Some of her fans in China see a diplomatic future for the 35-year-old daughter of the president.
“Based on her beautiful appearance, her talent for giving speeches, ambition and political skills, plus her growing political and diplomatic experience during her father’s presidency, Ivanka not only possibly could be a second Hillary, but also may be the first female president in US history,” said Weibo user Mao Kaiyun 123, according to CNN.
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