President Trump’s meeting with Chinese leader presented an opportunity for his granddaughter to steal the show as she caught the attention of the Chinese people. She not only got the attention, but she masterfully stole the Chinese citizen’s hearts. How? I’m glad you asked.
Picture Trump’s granddaughter, Arabella Kushner, greeting "Grandpa Xi and Grandma Peng (Liyuan)" with several Mandarin ballads and a recitation of ancient Chinese poetry.
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That’s the footage that Trump showed Xi during their stroll through the historic Forbidden City Wednesday. The Chinese state news agency circulated the clip widely on social media and reported that Xi said the six-year-old girl's Mandarin skills deserved an "A+".
The profound act has caused President XiJinping to speak highly of Arabella's Chinese language skills and says her performance deserves an "A+." Xi says Arabella is already a child star in China and hopes she would visit China one day.
Xi was joined by the Chinese public, who also agree with his statement as highlighted by the Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.
"As a little ambassador of Chinese-American friendship, Arabella has already received the love of a vast number of Chinese people," Hua said during a regular press briefing Thursday.
"This kind of special arrangement is actually very sweet and warm-hearted. We believe that this has helped to further bring closer the affection and distance between the Chinese and American people."
Weibo, China's Twitter-like platform, was filled with praise for Arabella's performance Thursday, though it was unclear how many comments related to Trump's visit have been censored.
"She's too cute!" users gushed. "Let's hope that she marries into a Chinese family."
Many people agree with the fact that memorizing ancient Chinese poetry is a grueling task, however, the US president's granddaughter did it.
This is not the first time Arabella has played a role in Sino-American diplomacy when Xi visited Trump's Mar-a-Lago Florida resort in April, Arabella recited for Xi the "Three Character Classic", a time-honored text from the Song Dynasty that was also included in her latest clip. It turns out that Ivanka Trump’s children have a Chinese nanny who teaches them Mandarin.