The news this week that an insurance company from Communist China (as we used to say) has bought the iconic Waldorf-Astoria hotel for $2 billion seemed just another in a string Chinese purchases of historic buildings in the United States and Europe.

But the move raised a few eyebrows at the State Department, since the Waldorf’s palatial penthouse suite has been leased by Washington for more than a half-century for use as the home of the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. It’s now home to Ambassador Samantha Power.

We haven’t been in there in a while, but we recall a spectacular, high-ceiling-ed joint with a huge double-living room, a spacious dining room able to handle 30 to 40 people, a study, parlor and three bedrooms. Best of all, the hotel is only a short stroll to the United Nations.

The only drawback, as we wrote in 2003, has been the small kitchen. The General Services Administration looked at moving out at one point and surveyed the area for a cheaper place to lease but found none. (The lease then was only $25,000 a month.) So space was borrowed from a lower floor and a dumbwaiter installed to bring the food up. (Cost: About $600,000)

Folks at the State Department note “some indication” that the hotel will continue to be run by the prior owners, Hilton Worldwide Holdings. ( The purchasing company, according to the New York Times account, is run by the grandson-in-law of former Chinese leader  Deng Xiaoping.) Still, officials are reviewing the details of the sale and the company’s long-term plans for the hotel and dealing with the likely renovations.

Any decision to move would be based on cost, location and any possible security concerns, we were told, and of course the increased need to sweep for bugs. (The electronic kind.)

Well, maybe they could check with President Obama’s close pal, Donald Trump?