While her father is ordering airstrikes while wining and dining the Chinese president, Ivanka Trump has been taking a somewhat softer approach to fostering relationships with China by giving her kids an education in Chinese culture and language.
Over the last year, Ivanka’s five-year-old daughter Arabella has become a star in China after her mom posted a few videos on Instagram showing her singing Chinese songs and reciting Chinese poetry.
Back in February, Ivanka took Arabella with her to the Chinese Embassy to take in the Spring Festival festivities and presumably groom her for her future role as the US Ambassdor to China.
Though now Arabella appears to have some competition for the job. Ivanka’s 1-year-old son, Theodore, is following in his big sister’s footsteps. Ivanka posted a picture onto her Instagram account on Tuesday showing herself and Theodore playing with a set of educational blocks with Chinese characters.
These sort of efforts appear to be working wonders in China. The New York Times published a story earlier this week talking to young Chinese professionals who worship Ivanka. One business school student said that when she wakes up in the morning, she often asks herself, “What would Ivanka do?”
Meanwhile, Ivanka is also beloved by blue-collar workers in China who make her merchandise. The chairman of a Chinese shoe manufacturer that makes millions of shoes for Western brands recently told CNN that “Ivanka is a very good client.”
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