Government & Military

Jared Kushner

The Trump family’s envoy to Beijing.

Senior Advisor, White HOuse

If asked to name Donald Trump’s major campaign promises, most Americans would probably list “getting tough on China” among them. Yet Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and one of his top White House advisors, looks to be one of several in Trump’s still-fledgling administration with deep ties to the Middle Kingdom. Thus far, Kushner — and his nuclear family — look downright Sinophilic. His wife Ivanka Trump attended a lunar new year’s party at the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C. just days after a video of their daughter singing a lunar new years’ greeting in Mandarin went viral on Chinese social media. Bloomberg reports that Kushner himself has maintained an “extensive” and “ongoing dialogue” with the Chinese ambassador following Trump’s election. Shortly after Trump’s election, Kushner also sat with Wu Xiaohui, the chairman of rich but opaque insurance firm Anbang, to discuss the latter’s purchase of 666 Fifth Avenue from Kushner’s company. The deal was ultimately scuttled, but showed how money and U.S. policymaking might mix in a White House run partly by the Trump family.

Yet Kushner may not end up knee-deep in China policy-making; he has been tasked with an almost impossibly broad portfolio, making it unlikely he can focus his energies on China. But when Kushner’s input on China issues is offered, it has gotten a fair hearing. Kushner could continue to act as a moderating force if harsh measures against Beijing continue to receive serious White House mooting.

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