Trump's granddaughter Arabella floors Chinese President Xi with her Mandarin skills

Granddaughter diplomacy? Arabella Trump, 5, sings and recites Chinese poetry for Xi Jinping and wife

Jinping and his wife, a celebrity in her own right, arrived Thursday at Mr. Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort for bilateral talks focusing on issues like trade and North Korea's missile program. "My daughter doesn't speak much yet, but she seems to know as many words in Mandarin - in terms of understanding what they mean - as she does in English", the magazine reports Ivanka told the South China Morning Post in 2012. A clip of Ivanka's daughter Arabella reciting Chinese poetry went viral in China shortly after Trump was elected - some interpreted her command of Mandarin as a sign of the Trumps' hidden affinity for the country.

Ivanka Trump posted a short video clip of the performance and wrote in a tweet: "Very proud of Arabella and Joseph for their performance in honor of President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan's official visit to the U.S.!"

The two were welcomed by China's Ambassador Cui Tiankai, watched a musical performance and enjoyed paper and sugar sculptures - the event was featured in a prime-time newscast in China.

The children reportedly have a Chinese nanny who has taught them the language.

With Arabella was her three-year-old brother, Joseph Kushner.

Zhang Baohui, a professor of political science at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, said that Beijing has tried to court the U.S. first family to smooth relations with Trump.

Ivanka could be seen ushering her daughter out to meet the guests, while husband Jared Kushner held 34-year-old Joseph's hand.

Ivanka gets glowing coverage from China's state media. Some of her clothing and shoes are manufactured there but a jewelry boutique she opened in Beijing in 2013 closed in 2015, according to Buzzfeed.

So, not only was she making a fashion statement, she was also making a political one and even her critiques couldn't help giving her a nod.



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