Beijing media says visit to embassy in US could help balance chairmen harsh posture but relationship with Washington remains strained
Donald Trumps ascension to the presidency has been marked with tough talk on China and he has surrounded himself with a clique of China-bashing advisers. Now China ensure a glimmer that the relationship is not entirely lost and is pinning hopes on a new tool to balance Trumps bombast: the Ivanka effect.
Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of the president, made an appearance at the Chinese embassy in Washington on Wednesday evening during a celebration for Chinese New Year, with her own daughter in tow.
The lunar new year, also known as springtime festival, is the most important vacation in China, triggering the worlds largest migration of people as millions of employees return home. It is celebrated by Chinese communities around the world, and has become an occasion for world leaders to offer greets, and sometimes show off their Mandarin chops.
Chinese media took note that Trump did not send a personal message to mark the vacation this year. Instead the acting secretary of state issued a statement on behalf of President Trump and the American people.
But another member of the Trump family stepped up for the most basic of diplomatic missions: Ivanka Trumps five-year-old daughter. Arabella, who has been learning the language since she was 18 months old, sing in Mandarin Chinese in a video posted to Twitter.