The Diplomatic Coup
It is a diplomatic coup and it only took a little child to sing a popular melody, which is already a pop folk classic.
When President Donald Trump welcomed President Xi Jinping to the US for their first meet in April 2017, the powerful pair, together with their wives and Mr Trump's family, were entertained to a rendition of Moh Li Hua (茉莉花) , a Chinese classic that dates back to the 18th Century.
Already with the poise and personality of her famous mother, five year old Arabella Kushner, Ivanka Trump's daughter, serenaded the group with more tact and gracefulness that her grand dad could ever do with his Twitter quips.
Mo Li Hua or Jasmine Flower, another favourite song of my mother,'s (where I learnt most of my Chinese songs from) has been on the Chinese Hit Parade list for decades and known not only in China but all over the world.
Covered by many artistes internationally, the song carried its worth when Westerners heard it as part of Pucini's famous opera, Turandot (1928), covered by Kenny G, loved by Jiang Zemin and has been performed in many opening ceremonies including the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008.
Lately Celine Dione learnt to sing it and there are many recordings both on You Tube, on ring tones, mp3s, CD's and other media.
A historic moment don't you think? A Chinese folk classic sung by a little American girl during the first meet of two great country heads.
The jasmine flower or mo li hua has about 200 species, grown for its fragrance.
Image: from The Star Online and Google.
Video: Mehdi Benhenia.