Chinese President Xi Jinping met with President Trump at the southern White House this week (Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida) to discuss a number of issues from trade to security.
If there had been any tension between the world leaders, they may have eased when Trump’s granddaughter Arabella Kushner, 5, met Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, and sang for them in Mandarin. Her performance was captured and shared to Instagram by her mother:
“Very proud of Arabella and Joseph for their performance in honor of President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan’s official visit to the United States. 欢迎 (welcome)!” Ivanka Trump wrote.
Arabella performed the song “Jasmine” for the first couple of China as well as the “Three Character Classic” and some poetry from the Tang dynasty.
This is not Arabella’s first performance singing in Mandarin. In February, her mother posted to social media her singing a song celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year.
“Arabella singing a song she learned for #ChineseNewYear. Wishing everyone an amazing year to come during these days of celebration. 新年快乐” wrote Ivanka Trump on Twitter.
Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua reports that President Trump has accepted President Xi’s offer to visit China at an “early date.”
The meeting happened under somewhat strained circumstances, however. As the world leaders dined, the United States was in the midst of launching airstrikes against Syria. The move was in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack by Bashar Assad’s government. China has historically opposed such actions and, along with Russia, has defended Assad on the world stage. After their meeting, Trump addressed the nation about the airstrikes:
“We ask for God’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world; we pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who have passed. And we hope that as long as America stands for justice, then peace and harmony will in the end prevail,” said Trump.
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