With the anti-establishment trend that is sweeping around the globe, it may not come as a shock that Trump’s popularity is growing in China also. Although, it is for a far different reason.
So just why do the Chinese seem to like Donald Trump? And what is Trump’s secret weapon?
Both answers will surprise you.
According to Fox News…
Well, it would seem that many of them love him, at least if we judge by the fact that a video in which his granddaughter Arabella Kushner recites a Chinese poem has gone viral.
The video was recorded in February 2016, around the time of the Chinese New Year, and put on Instagram by Arabella’s mother Ivanka Trump. It drew attention in China back in February but has gone viral in China since Donald Trump won the November 8 election.
Five-year-old Arabella has not lived in China but has apparently been learning Chinese with a Chinese nanny. In the short video, we see and hear Arabella reciting the poem “Sympathy for the Peasants,” as well as the first two lines of the poem “Ode to the Geese.” Both are perennial favorites written during the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE) and continue to be routinely memorized by schoolchildren across China…
When former Premier Wen Jiabao visited the U.K. in 2011, he spoke about his love of Shakespeare, as well as his disappointed that none of his Western counterparts were familiar with any of the literary giants of his own country.
Wen was quoted at the time as saying: “Only those political leaders who respect the history of other countries and the creativity of the people of other countries will be able to lay a foundation for fostering friendship with other countries.”
Could this video of Trump’s granddaughter going viral signal an opening in relations with China? Why not? Stranger things have happened.
In the mean time, Trump will no doubt keep developing his secret weapon and see where it leads.