Trump's Little Granddaughter Becomes Media Star in China

The video was posted after both Ivanka and Arabella made a surprise visit to the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C., during Lunar New Year celebrations on Wednesday.

If there was a highlight to the evening, it was Arabella's performance of a song she learned that wished everyone a happy and prosperous new year - sung in Mandarin Chinese.

At the same time, his granddaughter has won the hearts of many Chinese people after a video of her singing in Chinese surfaced online.

"Her appearance at the Chinese embassy, with a certain political and diplomatic significance, could be invigorating to the China-US relationship", the paper said.

Chinese media took note that Trump did not send a personal message to mark the holiday this year.

"Trump's daughter is a lot more sensible than he is". "Wishing everyone an awesome year to come during these days of celebration". "I'm glad to see his daughter and little granddaughter being friendship is a sign of being nice", Chen said.

"To be honest, I think that Trump really maybe just forgot. There wouldn't be anyone to remind him", a third user suggested.

Ivanka Trump has often shared videos and pictures of Arabella speaking Chinese and celebrating Chinese culture because her daughter has been learning the language since she was 18 months old.

'Now it's already too late, and to wish happy New Year under pressure from the media would mean losing face, right?

Arabella, who has been learning the language since she was 18 months old, donned a red Chinese-embroidered dress as she sang a poem in Mandarin past year. The video showing the little girl dressed in traditional Chinese attire, reciting poems from the Tang Dynasty in Mandarin went viral, with more than 100 million views on Chinese social media.

Observers believe that a flawless opportunity to at least offer an olive branch to the Chinese would be a nice, heartfelt greeting of a "happy new year" in celebration of the most important holiday season for the Chinese. Another Weibo user noted, "Her Mandarin is ideal".

Ambassador Tankai took Ivanka and her daughter to look at some of the art and handicrafts on display and meet some of the other guests after the arrived at the party.

"A bridge of friendship is needed between China and the U.S."
He said that China preferred a "win-win cooperation" with the U.S to a "zero-sum or cold war mentality".

Trump has accused Beijing of manipulating the value of its currency to gain an advantage in trade and threatened to impose a 45 percent tariff on imports from China. He has also criticized China's military build-up in the South China Sea and the country's policy in North Korea.

However he added that Trump's apparent refusal to send a New Year Greeting is "definitely is not helping" relations between the two nations.


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