While the historic first meeting between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump was a bit on the bland side, at least Ivanka Trump’s children were there to provide a bit of entertainment as adorable political props.
Last week, Ivanka posted a video onto her social media accounts of her 5-year-old daughter, Arabella, softly singing the popular Chinese folk song “Mo Li Hua” (茉莉花) to Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, a popular folk singer herself. Later, 3-year-old Joseph reportedly joined his sister to recite the Three Character Classic (三字经), a classical poem from the 13th century that has become required reading for young Chinese students.
At the beginning of the video, Ivanka can be heard telling China’s first couple that “we want to make you feel at home” inside her father’s luxurious Mar-a-Lago resort — where Xi did not stay the night.
Ivanka has taken a somewhat softer approach to fostering relationships with China than her father, posting videos online of her daughter singing and reciting poetry in Mandarin, turning Arabella into a viral star.
Back in February, Ivanka even 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 last Tuesday showing herself and Theodore playing with a set of educational blocks with Chinese characters.
Maybe when Trump visits China later this year, Xi’s daughter can entertain him with some English-language songs?
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