Xi praises Trump’s granddaughter for Mandarin skills

Updated: 04:59 GMT, Nov 10, 2017 | Published: 05:08 GMT, Nov 9, 2017 |

Chinese president Xi Jinping lauded the Mandarin skills of the granddaughter of the visiting U.S. President Donald Trump during an informal afternoon tea Wednesday afternoon.

President Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrived in Beijing earlier Wednesday. Chinese president and his wife Peng Liyuan welcomed their U.S. counterparts with the afternoon tea at the Forbidden City or Palace Museum.

They had the afternoon tea in the Baoyun Building, also known as the Hall of Embodied Treasures, in the southwestern corner of the Forbidden City.

During the afternoon tea, Trump showed Xi video clips of his granddaughter, Arabella Kushner, singing in Chinese and reciting part of the Three-Character Classic and ancient Chinese poems.

Xi spoke highly of the child’s Chinese skills and said her performance deserves an “A+.”

Arabella is already a child star in China, said Xi, adding that he hoped she would visit China in the future.

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