China invites Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner to visit: U.S. official


FILE PHOTO – White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump listen to U.S. President Donald Trump speak to the media at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Debbie Hill/Pool

By Matt Spetalnick | WASHINGTON Tue Jun 20, 2017 | 2:00pm EDT

The government of China has invited U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to visit Beijing later this year, a White House official said on Tuesday.

China’s overture appeared aimed at deepening engagement with the influential young couple, who played a role in the first summit between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, which set an improved tone for relations between the world’s two biggest economies.

Kushner, a senior adviser who entered the White House with no government experience, has been assigned the job of conducting Middle East peace diplomacy and will visit the region this week for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Helping to manage relations with China is another part of his foreign policy portfolio.

At the same time, Kushner has come under heavy scrutiny, with high-profile investigations into alleged contacts between current and former Trump aides and Russian officials.

No further details were available on the Chinese invitation, which was first reported by Bloomberg News and confirmed by a White House official on condition of anonymity. The Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump railed against China, especially its trade practices, during the presidential campaign. A fence-mending phone call in February was arranged by Kushner and China’s U.S. ambassador, Cui Tiankai, U.S. officials said, after Cui invited Ivanka Trump to the Chinese embassy’s Lunar New Year reception, where her daughter sang in Mandarin.

Kushner helped plan and attended the U.S.-China summit at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in April.

Trump has since had warm words for Xi, praising him for cooperation with efforts to rein in Beijing’s nuclear-armed neighbor North Korea. But analysts question how long rapprochement can last if North Korea continues its nuclear and missile development in defiance of international pressure.

(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Richard Chang)

Source: Reuters “China invites Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner to visit: U.S. official”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

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2 Comments on “China invites Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner to visit: U.S. official”

  1. Joseph says:

    So, these two are the real POTUS and first lady? Make sense. Jared Kushner might be influencial but he’d never win the election by himself. In America, they need a dancing fool to win the election and a puppet master to pull the string. No wonder Hillary could never win. She’s not a dancing fool, but provoked to dance like a fool in the election, which made her even more foolish. I guess we see more of the 1980s idiotic scene, when the boss of Goldman-Sach told his proxy Ronald Reagan that ‘you’ve got only five minutes’ of presidential speech, and the puppet responded obediently ‘alright, alright.’ Way to go, Jared. Step aside, ‘Daddy’. Make it snappy.

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  2. Steve says:

    Either Kushner is a damn genius in foreign policy and geopolitics or Trump likes to keep it safe in his family. Middle East diplomacy and high profile China visit.? Quite impressive. I suppose if old head loses his job, he can built his next Chinese Trump Tower in Shanghai or Beijing.

    Will Kushner share similar responsibilities to the secretary of state Rex Tillerson.

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