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- November 21, 2017 -

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Donald Trump’s Granddaughter Plays Diplomat, Sings for ‘Grandpa’ Xi Jinping

By Faith Magbanua
on November 14, 2017 21:11 PM

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Arabella Kushner: (credit: Youtube/ Screenshot)

She might be only six years old, but Arabella Kushner played her diplomatic role perfectly again on Wednesday as she helped ease the interaction between two of the world's most powerful men - Chinese President Xi Jinping and her grandfather, US President Donald Trump.

As the two leaders drank tea at the century-old Bao Yun Lou, a former library building in the Forbidden City in Beijing, Trump showed Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan a video of his granddaughter on his tablet. The youngster singing a Chinese song and reciting poetry in Mandarin.

In a video released on the news agency's social media platform, Arabella opened her performance with an affectionate greeting for the Leader Xi Jinping and his wife.

"Hello, Grandpa Xi. Hello, Grandma Peng," she said.

The video was also played in the state dinner held that night.

According to earlier reports, the eldest child of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner started learning Mandarin from when she was just 16 months old.

On the other hand, Xi said that her performance was an "A+" and called her a "little star". He also said he hoped she could visit China soon.

Arabella's first diplomatic role was in February when she and her mother made a surprise visit to the Chinese embassy in Washington to take part in Lunar New Year festivities.

During Xi's visit to the United States in April, she sang and recited poetry - again in Mandarin - for Xi and Peng at the Mar-a-Largo resort in Florida.

Meanwhile, President Trump's three-day visit to China began with a visit to the Forbidden City in downtown Beijing, the political and ceremonial heart of China's government for almost 500 years.

After touring the three main halls of the former imperial compound, Trump and his wife Melania, along with China's first couple, watched a Peking opera performance.

According to reports, at the end of the show, the children involved in it shouted: "Welcome to China! I love you,".

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