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Ivanka Trump is surprise attendee at the Chinese Embassy’s New Year’s party

Photo courtesy of Meridian International Center.

At the Chinese Embassy’s party on Wednesday night celebrating the country’s lunar new year, there were pork dumplings and traditional dancers, a toast by Ambassador Cui Tiankai and … waitisthatIvankaTrump? 

The glamorous first daughter made a surprise appearance just as the soiree celebrating the year of the rooster was winding down, and many guests had already hopped into their Ubers. Trump, holding hands with 5-year-old daughter Arabella, greeted Cui and briefly worked the room amid much hubbub.

Trump doesn’t have an official role in her father’s nascent administration, unlike her husband, Jared Kushner, who is advising his father-in-law. But her presence at the diplomatic shindig — and Saturday’s Alfalfa dinner — hints that she might prove to be a White House proxy in social Washington.

Trump cut a glamorous figure at the party, which was co-sponsored by the Meridian International Center and seemed — unlike her blustery father — willing to wage a charm offense. Asked by a fellow partygoer about the first daughter, Cui indicated that she’d delivered compliments: “She really likes China,” he said.

On Thursday morning, Ivanka posted a video of her daughter on Instagram, playing with a traditional Chinese marionette and singing a song in Mandarin. “Arabella singing a song she learned for #ChineseNewYear,” she captioned it. “Wishing everyone an amazing year to come during these days of celebration. 新年快乐”

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MANHATTAN, NY - JULY 16: Ivanka Trump poses for a portrait inside the Trump Tower in Manhattan, NY, on July 16, 2014. (Yana Paskova/For The Washington Post)