Trump is a big hit in China – and it’s partly thanks to his granddaughter

In China, Xi Jinping is president, but Donald Trump is king. And his granddaughter Arabella Kushner is part of the reason.

President Trump delighted President Xi by showing him a video of Arabella reciting Chinese poems and singing in Mandarin during his trip to China.

Arabella, 6, looked adorable as she showed off her language skills while sporting a qipao, a traditional Chinese garb.

At the start of her performance, Arabella addressed President Xi using the honorific term of endearment “Grandpa.” Xi gave Arabella an “A-plus” for her performance and said she’s already a “child star” in his country, China Daily reported.

This isn’t the first time that Arabella, the daughter of Ivanka Trump, has charmed the Chinese. In February 2017, Ivanka posted a video of Arabella singing in Chinese to celebrate the Lunar New Year. That video immediately went viral across China.

First Lady Melania Trump and President Trump in China. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Getty Images)

Chinese Admire and Respect Trump’s Toughness

While the American media constantly trash-talks President Trump, he is deeply admired and respected in China. Why? Because he represents many ideals the Chinese people hold dear. Namely, success and boldness.

While the American media repeatedly slams Trump for his brash personality, the Chinese love that he eschews political correctness and speaks his mind.

Twitter is banned in China, but it has a similar social media platform called Sina Weibo, where Trump supporters far outnumber his detractors.

“Chinese people are impressed that he is extremely rich, he loves things splendid and magnificent, and he loves to show off. Not every billionaire is like that,” Yin Hao, who has 1 million followers on Sina Weibo, told Reuters.

President Trump is the first foreign leader in history to dine in China’s Forbidden City. That is an honor no U.S. president has ever received. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump’s Audacity Wins Praise

In addition to admiring his business success, the Chinese love Trump’s audacity and strong personality.

“In China, realists hold a deep-rooted belief that the rule of the jungle means the strong prey on the weak,” political commentator Chen Jibing told Reuters. “For them, the world is not split into right and wrong, good or evil. It is only success or failure, the powerful and the weak.”

Moreover, the Chinese admire Trump because he has five loving children who are devoted to him. Unlike many children of wealthy, famous parents, Trump’s children are not alcoholics, drug addicts, or party animals.

One Chinese state publication said President Trump’s “excellent children” spotlights his strong character.

“You can tell what parents are like through their childrens’ success,” the China Education Daily wrote on its social media account. “Trump’s five children are all excellent. It means he is a very successful father.”

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“You can tell what parents are like through their childrens’ success.” – China Daily (Image: screengrab)

President Trump is on a whirlwind 13-day tour of Asia, during which he has visited Japan, South Korea, and China. He will make also make stops in Vietnam and the Philippines.

This week, Trump spoke before the South Korean national assembly, where he threw down the gauntlet to Kim Jong Un with a stern warning to the North Korean dictator.

“Do not underestimate us. And do not try us,” Trump said. “The regime has interpreted America’s past restraint as weakness. This would be a fatal miscalculation. This is a very different administration than the United States has had in the past.”

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