Arabella’s Gift…

The most notable aspect amid President Trump’s granddaughter Arabella delivering a folk song in native Mandarin wasn’t the song itself, it was the response from Madame Peng Liyaun, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping. If you haven’t watched the video, you should.

The song was shared moments after President Trump delivered these remarks during a state dinner presented by President Xi and Madame Peng to honor the visit of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump:

[…] “This moment in history presents both our nations with an incredible opportunity to advance peace and prosperity alongside other nations all around the world. In the words of a Chinese proverb, “We must carry forward the cause and forge ahead into the future.” I am confident that we can realize this wonderful vision.

[…] It is my hope that the proud spirits of the American and Chinese people will inspire our efforts to achieve a more just, secure, and peaceful world, a future worthy of the sacrifices of our ancestors, and the dreams of our children.

In a moment, we will view a video of my granddaughter, Arabella, reciting traditional Chinese songs and poetry about your country’s serene beauty and treasured customs. Our children so often remind us of our shared humanity and true dignity.” (link)

Arabella began her video by saying: “Hello, Grandpa Xi. Hello, Grandma Peng”, and then began to sing a story in Mandarin very familiar to the Chinese people. Exceptionally familiar to Madame Peng Liyaun who, along with being the wife of President Xi, was a folk singer and popular cultural icon herself.

[Video 14:20 – Prompted, Just Hit Play]

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Coming out of this dinner U.S. media spun a narrative that President Trump acquiesced in his tone toward President Xi; and Trump’s opposition framed a narrative of comparative weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Again, watch that video and look at the response from Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyaun. Now contrast that relationship, that visible connection, against the words both grandfathers delivered toward each other.  Then evaluate and overlap the possibilities of hostile action -nuclear ambition- from North Korea.

What you immediately notice is there is an element there that extends beyond transactional geopolitical consequence, and into the realm of the personal.  President Trump has drawn the panda into the clearing within the bamboo forest.  That personal space is where the discussion of terms holds the greatest consequence.

There’s a reason Little Rocket Man has been quiet.

The level of diplomatic and personal respect displayed by President Trump toward the Chinese people and their leader Xi Jinping was pitch perfect.

Those who follow China closely will note a cultural reality that China believes in victory, in all things, as part of their general perspective. Conquest and winning it is in their DNA.

Traditionally and historically if it does not benefit China, it simply is not done. That’s the mindset and approach most outside China fail to understand. The European and American framework of mutually beneficial outcomes does not work in China. It is a zero-sum outlook. However, if an action does benefit China it will most certainly be done; that too is the reality. Therefore negotiation with China involves requests for action, that when taken, also derive the Chinese a benefit.

President Trump established the benefit side of the equation early on in his administration. The benefit is favorable trade outcomes and the subsequent economics. The request toward achieving that outcome is for Xi Jinping to eliminate the threat that is North Korea.

If you have followed the foreign policy pattern of President Trump you immediately recognize he does not restrain himself to DC political customs or DC political norms. Indeed as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi optimistically noted, President Trump can accomplish many things because he brings a unique perspective to the world of policy and diplomatic engagement. Later al-Sisi repeated: “He Can Do The Impossible“.

Additionally since we originally outlined the likely scenario for a restart of the ‘six party talks‘ (China, South Korea, Russia, Japan and the U.S.), on August 13th, there was visible activity providing further evidence toward that end.

•Japan (Shinzo Abe) has stated they have “great confidence” in President Trump’s Asian national security approach. •South Korea (President Moon Jae-in) stated they are “confident there will not be war again on the Korean peninsular“; •and they are willing to send a special envoy to North Korea to begin talks. •In addition, China quietly removed the 71-year-old veteran diplomat, Wu Dawei, from the position of negotiator toward the DPRK, and replaced him with 58-year-old Kong Xuanyou. Kong is a long time Chinese diplomat in charge of Asian affairs and he speaks Korean.

All of this was generally under-reported and took place months before President Trump arrived in Asia; the U.S. media was busy pushing Charlottesville narratives.  More importantly this quiet activity took place while President Trump directed USTR Lighthizer to begin a section 301 trade investigation into China.

President Trump was ramping up the economic pressure on Chinese President Xi Jinping, but more specifically Lighthizer’s action was targeting Beijing’s communist old guard who control both their economy and the DPRK behavior ahead of the communist congress.

Remember, China takes no action that does not benefit China:

Yesterday in a release from the State Department:

Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Joseph Yun will travel to Seoul and Jeju from November 14-17 for meetings with the R.O.K. government. Special Representative Yun will also to participate in the Northeast Asia Platform for Peace and Cooperation Conference and the United Nations Conference on Disarmament.

Now we watch closely for the appearance of Kong Xuanyou.  After returning from the ASEAN summit, that will be the strongest indication that post-Trump-visit President Xi has won the support of Beijing and will engage in a comprehensive plan toward Kim Jong-un.

There are those who would criticize such a strategy; using economics to achieve national security.  Those voices would prefer China be confronted on the economic issues regardless of North Korea.  However, if you look at the larger plan it’s not an either/or issue.

Under the current strategy visible from President Trump, the only question is the degree of confrontation.  Trump has already established the baseline in the trade confrontation; there will be actual economic loss to the Chinese.   The question, the negotiation, is entirely over the amount.

U.S. taxpayers are either going to spend hundreds of billions, perhaps trillions, to deal with the hostile action of North Korea…. at this point, it’s almost a sunk cost.  Or, we could spend a fraction of that money via a favorable trade outcome to the Chinese in exchange for them dealing with the issue.

Against the visible execution of the Trump Doctrine, in combination with the relationship side of this equation he has established, there’s almost no possibility of the U.S. entering a military confrontation with North Korea now.

Thanks Arabella.

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166 Responses to Arabella’s Gift…

  1. Glenn McMahan says:

    Wow

    Liked by 21 people

    • Larry Bucar says:

      Another great analysis by the dancing sun. We are living in an era similar to the American 1776 revolution, enjoy this trip to the promised land.

      Liked by 15 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      Everything our President has done with China 🇨🇳 has been planned to perfection! PM Modi from India 🇮🇳 visits the WH in late May and invites Ivanka to a Women’s Leadership Summit at the end of November. Jared and Ivanka are suppose to visit China 🇨🇳 in advance of our President’s visit. Their visit is cancelled because North Korea 🇰🇵 decides to test a nuclear bomb.

      Ivanka attends a Women’s Summit in Japan 🇯🇵 a few days prior to our President’s visit. She returns home while our President begins his 12 day visit.

      You have this wonderful two days in China 🇨🇳 where at the final event, President Xi and our President give incredible toasts to one another. Our President hammers home his toast by having his granddaughter sing in Mandarin to President Xi and his wife. She starts by calling them Grandpa and Grandma. President Xi’s wife can’t get enough of Arabella. She sings along for the final 45 seconds. The look on her face when the video was concluded was priceless. She was the first to start clapping.

      You can bet your bottom dollar that our President promised President Xi and his wife that Ivanka and Arabella will visit China 🇨🇳 as soon as the issue with North Korea 🇰🇵 is resolved. Until that time he would not want to put their lives at risk.

      Just an incredible man that completely understands the dynamics of foreign policy and human relationships. He will use everything in his arsenal to get it done! We are the luckiest people in the world to get to see this happening in our lifetime. Generations to come will be very envious of us.

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    • farmhand1927 says:

      Wow is right.

      Here we are, at a moment in time when there are so many conflicts, turmoil and threats, a time when we are under attack at concerts, inside our churches, going to school and when we’re out shopping or sitting in a theater. Yet, there’s really nothing different about our moment in time as it relates to violence, hatred, corrupt and evil politicians or unrest in homes, families and countries around the world. What is different is the leadership and vision of President Donald John Trump.

      We have a President and his charming, gracious First Lady, that sow seeds of genuine friendship, common interest, sincere caring and concern every single time they step off AF One.

      Whether they carry the message of ‘America First’ around the world or share love and compassion toward a sick child in a hospital, a wounded soldier at Walter Reed, shooting victims in hospital beds or families without homes following a natural disaster, their message is the same.

      President Donald Trump and Mrs. Melania Trump are the very best ambassadors for our country I’ve witnessed in my many years.

      After every trip they take to a foreign land, I feel that my family is a little safer. Last year we thanked God for the election of Donald Trump on Thanksgiving. One year ago we had no idea that our thankfulness would be intensified this much.

      We are richly and greatly blessed, America.

      Liked by 33 people

      • Patriot1783 says:

        Out of the mouths of children, should make Washington swamp pause.

        Liked by 9 people

      • ahem says:

        Reminds us that people are unique, one person can make a difference, and that we are throwing away millions of unique talents by tolerating unfettered abortion,

        Liked by 4 people

      • corimari2013 says:

        Your poignant message brought tears to my eyes as I read, farmhand.
        Tears of gratitude for our President and our First Lady, and tears of appreciation for your wonderful writing.
        I am going to share your message with more folks.
        May the good Lord bless and keep you, and also our President and his family.

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      • chiefillinicake says:

        And the First Family does all of this in spite of a continuous hail of hatred aimed at them by small-a, self-loathing “americans” and their national and international consort of Marxist corrupticrats and enemedia.

        Thank God the Trump family was blessed with alligator skin! Who else could do what they do, the way they do it, decked out in style, with great big smiles on their faces?

        We are indeed blessed to have them, all of them.

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    • farmhand1927 says:

      The photo above as they enter the grand dining reception–just look at the President’s expression! Confidence, empowered by the grace of God, supported and loved by the most admired woman on the planet, wearing pink stiletto’s, no less.

      The four of them give new meaning to the term, “Power Couple”. Hope and Change have been resurrected from empty, insincere campaign slogans to truly being put to work for the good.

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      • Tegan says:

        Farmhand, other than the Inauguration I think this China dinner selection is my favorite thus far. While I have admired most of Melania’s wardrobe, can’t say that i’ve loved all of them nor think all were flattering to her. But, the China state dinner choice was utter perfection in every way. So, you are correct about their entrance and the power they exuded. .The message…America is back, folks!

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    • Maybe if PT could get Arabella to sing to McConnel we could get something done- does she speak Turtle?

      Liked by 20 people

    • The Chinese respect someone negotiating in the best interests of their own country… they will take the deal offered if someone will sell their country out, however they will lose all respect.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Me says:

      Then why are we conducting naval exercises in the area if China is taking care of the N Korea problem?

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Radiopatriot says:

    Pitch perfect. The humanity — how can one resist?

    Liked by 15 people

  3. The Boss says:

    That video is spectacular. I especially liked Arabella’s greetings to Grandpa Xi and Grandma Peng. Total respect for her elders, as it should be regardless of culture.

    Liked by 27 people

  4. MTeresa says:

    Arabella’s gift indeed.

    Liked by 18 people

  5. maiingankwe says:

    Then Boss is right in his comment about respecting our Elders no matter our culture and People.

    I just loved the expressions on all of them. They all looked so proud and it was pretty easy to tell how much Arabella touched their hearts. Our children have a way of doing that, and I hear it is even more precious from a grandparent’s point of view.

    Liked by 21 people

  6. rsanchez1990 says:

    “I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower. I love China. People say, “Oh, you don’t like China?” No, I love them. But their leaders are much smarter than our leaders, and we can’t sustain ourself with that. There’s too much— it’s like— it’s like take the New England Patriots and Tom Brady and have them play your high school football team. That’s the difference between China’s leaders and our leaders.”

    Their leaders were much smarter than our leaders. President Trump has been doing business with China for a long time. He respects China, and China has shown they respect him. President Trump is a diplomatic genius, the kind we have sorely needed for a very long time. What a wonderful family.

    Liked by 31 people

    • Curry Worsham says:

      Candidate Trump: “I love China … But their leaders are much smarter than our leaders.”

      President Trump in China: “I don’t blame China, I blame the incompetence of past Admins for allowing China to take advantage of the U.S.”

      Different ways of saying the same thing. Sorry Fake News.

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    • A2 says:

      When Chairman Xi and Madame Peng’s daughter comes to the White House and recites the Preamble to the Constitution, or let’s say the Gettysburg Address and sings ‘Home, home on the range’ then I will say ‘fair and reciprocal trade’.

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      • How can you compare Constitution to folk song?

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        • A2 says:

          I did not compare the preamble of the constitution to a folks song. Did you just miss the point or was that an honest question? “Home, home on the range” is a folksong, the preamble to the constitution is America’s historical legacy that children use to be taught and memorized in schools as was the Gettysburg address.

          You are disingenuous maybe that Stalin ‘Grandpa’ thing has something to do with it.

          Reciprocity ma’am.

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          • Cuppa Covfefe says:

            The National Anthem would be too difficult to sing, maybe “America the Beautiful” would be nice (bonus points for singing it in the style of Ray Charles). Or any of a number of songs by Stephen Foster (btw, whose memorial was knocked down), one of the greatest, if not greatest American folksong composers.

            Or maybe “Dixie” and watch the SJWs, Snowflakes, and watch the rotten-to-their-common-core-revisionists spin and foam at the mouth…

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          • Coldeadhands says:

            Who put the bur under your saddle?

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            • wondering999 says:

              A2 is IN China, Coldeadhands… and probably thinks we’re all going into soft naivete, thoroughly melted by the recent reception. I understand the fear of rampant naivete because I think there is a tendency in our country to fall into that… but I don’t think Trump suffers from that naivete syndrome. Individually, I’m trying to guard against it.
              I remember the Statue of Liberty in Tiananmen Square. China has already accepted a lot of our culture… and we take in a lot of Chinese culture too. It can be a respectful two-way exchange, with lots of winners… if it’s done right. We’ll see. Keep us posted and on our toes, A2

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              • Coldeadhands says:

                Thanks for your considered response. I’m not sure there are any long time posters on the treehouse who could be characterized as naive; maybe coming at issues with very different perspectives. A2 usually has great info and perspective but being surly to another long time poster is unfortunate.
                I agree that PDJT is not naive in his diplomacy. Actually, I’m surprised at how non cynical he manages to be.

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      • rsanchez1990 says:

        That’s a lot less than what President Trump will get from Xi and China.

        Liked by 2 people

    • Angry Dumbo says:

      rsanchez1990 – what a great quote. LOVE IT.

      Liked by 3 people

  7. blakeney says:

    Build Kim Un Fat a fire and he will be warm for the night. Set Kim Un Fat on fire and he will be warm for the rest of his life. All warfare is based on deception. Hey, Kim Un Fat, what is that Lion and that Panda doing behind you??!!
    – Sun Tzu’s Great Nephew, Moon Yoo Tzu

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  8. wheatietoo says:

    It was truly a gift, too.
    And a moment in history…another ‘first’…the first time a US President’s granddaughter has ever performed for a Chinese President, at a state dinner.
    And in the Chinese language.

    It was also a gift from Ivanka and Jared Kushner, Arabella’s parents and the two most maligned members of President Trump’s family.
    Who, like our President and First Lady…are doing all this for us, for free.
    This gift from Arabella was made possible only because Ivanka had the foresight to have her little daughter learn Mandarin, a few years ago.

    Regarding that ‘announcement’ that China made, about no longer forcing foreign firms “to turn over technology secrets to gain market access”…
    While it seems like a concession…I am wondering if it was done more to encourage foreign firms to continue to locate operations there, at a time when the US is trying to lower it’s corporate tax rate to encourage businesses to return or locate in the US.

    All in all, this was an amazing, historic visit to China by our President.
    It is a shame that our disgusting, partisan media chose to ignore it.

    Liked by 27 people

    • Few watch the Fake Media anymore. Americans get their news from social media. The truth is out there and we’re finding it!

      Liked by 8 people

    • farmhand1927 says:

      Arabella performed for them also when they visited Mara a Lago, but this time the bond of friendship comes through. Everyone was relaxed, comfortable and enchanted.

      Thank you, dear little Arabella! You have no idea just how big of a positive impact your sweet diplomacy may go toward world peace!

      Out of the mouths of babes…

      Liked by 12 people

      • cjzak says:

        That little one was a thousand times better ambassador than the phony op with James Taylor and John Kerry. Sincerity is always a welcome addition and grand children are about as sincere as it gets. Well done Pres. Trump and family. Thank you for representing us so well and for sharing your granddaughter with us. America is blessed to have you all!

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    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      Yep. The Greatest Story, Never Told…

      The Presstitutes are going to reap the results of their malignant malfeasance…

      Liked by 1 person

    • ahem says:

      And learning Chinese is no small feat: you have to know the meaning of 50,000 characters to be able to read the average newspaper, as I understand. We only have to learn 26 letters of the alphabet.

      Liked by 4 people

  9. impala says:

    God has certainly blessed America with President Trump. It occurred to me near the start of the Primaries that Donald Trump was born for this job. There is not a man on the planet who could do what he is doing and do it all in such a respectful, caring and genuine manner for his people. He and his beautiful wife are the perfect image of class, grace and character.and President Trump has the self confidence to do his job and do it well. God’s hand is most certainly upon him.. ad will protect and guide him in his leadership. He is a breath of fresh air in the murky, stinking world of politics..

    Liked by 16 people

  10. Maquis says:

    Merveilleux!

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  11. Curry Worsham says:

    Candidate Trump: “I love China … But their leaders are much smarter than our leaders.”

    President Trump in China: “I don’t blame China, I blame the incompetence of past Admins for allowing China to take advantage of the U.S.”

    Different ways of saying the same thing. Sorry Fake News.

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  12. Curry Worsham says:

    Brilliant as usual, Sundance. And hopeful.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. USA loves Melania says:

    Well that was cute. I don’t have a clue what Arabella was saying but it was the sweetest thing I’ve heard in a long while. Apparently the Chinese First Lady agrees with me. She couldn’t help but smile and sing along with Arabella.

    Our POTUS is a proud and happy grandpa. It’s why he does what he does. It’s why he puts on the kevlar vest everyday. He cares. He cares about his grandkids. He cares about your grandkids. He cares about the future, about our country. And it shows. The media is always trying to run him down, badmouth him, tell us how awful he is. But it’ll never work. To paraphrase that old quote, our President’s actions speak so loudly I can’t hear what the media is saying.

    And our President’s actions say “I love you”.

    I don’t know exactly what all the words were, but my guess is that Arabella was singing about something like that too.

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  14. The Jimmy Jack says:

    Thematically the songs were interesting choices as well.

    My heart did melt with the last song – about bringing tea to her working mom after a long day. Says so much, far more than a children’s song.

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  15. Maquis says:

    Major Peng was singing with Arabella at the end.

    Too sweet!

    What a Treasure this Family is. God Bless every one of them.

    Liked by 9 people

  16. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    One can be sure that the Democrats notice Pres. Trump’s close ties with China and if they were to impeach Pres.Trump, China would not look favorably toward it. The Democrats have already destroyed our relationship Russia, so they are not likely to want to compound it with soured relations with China.

    America hasn’t had close relations with China since Nixon and Reagan. The Bushes ignored China, Clinton only treated them as a source to personal enrichment and Obama was seen as an inferior to China.

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    • Timmy-the-Ute says:

      By the way it should be recognized that Jared and Ivanka Kushner are the defacto Secretary of State team. That fact drove Bannon crazy and thus he leaked to the press in revenge.

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      • Orygun says:

        Bannon works for himself and the cartel behind the Bushes. He was useful for Trump while campaigning but his usefulness has worn out and like all things Trump has that quit functioning and becomes negatives they are replaced.

        Good riddance. No leaks from the WH since he left isn’t that strange.

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  17. Curry Worsham says:

    Sometimes it’s the pure and childish thing that can touch most deeply.

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  18. Harry Lime says:

    I hope that the American people are paying attention but with the MSM blackouts, deceptions, and outright lying I fear that a lot of Trump’s accomplishments will go unnoticed by many.
    In which case I hope that the results and benefits of those same accomplishments are so overwhelmingly positive that even the slumbering couch potatoes in this country will wake up and take notice.
    Which I believe is exactly what will happen. And considering that Trump already whooped the MSM’s blatant bias in 2016 I think that his popularity will only continue to grow even with the MSM shenanigans.
    More and more Americans are obviously getting their news from alternative sources. Thank DJT.
    My hope is that everyone gets to see Arabella’s touching performance no matter their political viewpoint. Somehow I doubt that this got much coverage on CNN or MSNBC. The same cretins who marvelled at everything Obama did from taking selfies to shooting (and missing) basketballs to dancing with Ellen Degenerate like a buffoon couldn’t be bothered with such poise and grace.

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    • Bob Thoms says:

      UTR can work to one’s advantage, especially in trade negotiations, it’s how the phony “free traders” sold us out before Trumo!

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    • Eric C. says:

      Could you imagine the coverage if P44’s children did this?

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    • Tegan says:

      Harry Lime…you haven’t mentioned the hula hoops, the tug of war ropes, the crazy veggies, the “slow walking,” etc that very covered in great detail by the slobbering press. Of course, it appealed to the dumbed-down element…the compliant, non-thinking “base” who apparently get their current events news from late night comedians. Yes..thank god for the Internet and our own ability to share what we learn. I send Sundance items, some memes and occasionally some posters thoughts to many and they forwarded them to their friends. That’s how we can help.

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  19. PDQ says:

    My disgust and loathing for all things media astonishes even me. There is no mainstream outlet that does not lie. What must have it be like to NEVER do an honest job. They think we are stupid. Au contraire, it is they that lack intelligence.

    Liked by 9 people

    • Orygun says:

      I am too. I thought they would eventually have to quit lying because the truth is easy to find with a little bit of digging but they just continue on. It is beyond political party dirty tricks and is just becoming propaganda with no news at all.
      At some point it needs to just stop.

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  20. A2 says:

    Little Arabella was a star and ambassador. She said:

    習爺爺您好; 彭奶奶您好; 大家好。讓我唱一首歌吧。/ 习爷爷您好; 彭奶奶您好; 大家好。 让我唱一首歌吧。
    (“Hello, grandpa Xi; hello, grandma Peng; hello, everyone. Let me sing a song.”)

    Then in perfect tones she recited stanzas from the Sanzijing ( three character classic) that in premodern China was the standard text for children to learn the language, as well as the lessons of the Confucian classics. I suspect from some of her pronunciations of some words, she has an older Taiwan teacher. Then she sang,”Wǒ di hǎo māmā 我的好媽媽” (“My Good Mother”), which was flawless.

    This has endeared her to the people.

    However, it also should be noted that Chairman Xi has eliminated (by various means) at least if not more than 75% what sundance calls the ‘old guard’. They are no longer setting policy and have no influence in the policies that China is pursuing under Chairman Xi.

    This is Chairman Xi’s agenda (BRI, South China sea island militarization) and his cronies he has empowered in all key positions of the party/state.

    If Chairman Xi is sincere, then we will see more sanctions ( particularly the Daqing-Dadong oil pipeline) from him to bring DRPK to the negotiating table. He also needs to rein in the Russians who have taken up the slack so China ‘looks’ like it is in compliance.

    I am not sanguine. And as charming as adorable Arabella is, or the pandas, this is realpolitik.

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    • Trumpstumper says:

      I’m of the opinion the US should move it’s Fossils on Capitol Hill over to the Smithsonian, and start getting with the program, too!
      Its a new day, much MAGA to be done.

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      • A2 says:

        I agree. Except the difference is America does it by the ballot box, in China it is done by fiat by those that control the Party/State.

        I would say that is a YUUGE difference. Representative democracy or totalitarianism, that’s the difference.

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        • domain496 says:

          And there is deep muck afoot in negating our efforts at the ballot box. re: threats to refuse to seat Moore, if he wins. That would be the most disastrous precedent to set in American history.

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          • Cuppa Covfefe says:

            Sometimes I wonder if the “chad” (but not Jeremy) episode of the election in 2000 was to force the introduction of electronic voting, which is EMINENTLY HACKABLE, even if the machines are “air-gapped” (not on any [obvious] LAN or WLAN).

            Oddly enough, Soros has his Mitts in many of the companies that make or maintain these devices. Plenty of opportunities to manipulate results and elections, indeed nations.

            As a survivor of the punchcard generation, I encountered “chad” in the IT world, but it was relatively rare, and almost always the result of cheap material, out-of-adjustment equipment, or poor handling of the punch cards. And there were techniques of cleaning it/them up. Sometimes low-tech is the best.

            Then again, by the time you’ve made something idiot-proof, they come up with a “better” idiot… 🙂 or 😦

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          • Tegan says:

            Domain, if I were a voting citizen of Alabama I would be beyond infuriated about this! What they are literally declaring…hey, you rubes…your choice of Congress doesn’t matter one iota. WE’LL decide who you should send. The arrogance is breathtaking and needs to be halted ASAP! Horrendous presedent for our nation and electoral procedures. After all, the Democrat party rigged their primary so now they think they can do it elsewhere….openly, this time.
            I am cold anger with McConnell!

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            • domain496 says:

              If Moore is elected, rumors aside, and they negate the election… ALL voting is at risk of being voided anytime the Swamp wants to negate our choices. That should infuriate everyone.

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        • G. Combs says:

          “…. Except the difference is America does it by the ballot box, in China it is done by fiat by those that control the Party/State….”

          At least we THINK that is what is done here in the USA.

          What actually happens is any American Patriots running for offices get Herman Cained (smeared) or Ross Peroted (threatened) thus the voter is left with false alternatives.

          Obama vs traitor John McShame (After Ron Paul was eliminated. See Don Estulin and Bilderberg assassination discussion)

          Obama vs Mitt Romney (After Herman Cain was eliminated by sex smears.)

          Hillary Clinton vs Jeb Bush — Except, Then there was Trump!

          They have not quit attacking President Trump and now they are starting on Judge Moore.

          And that does not get into the massive amount of voter fraud. Any bets Judge Moore loses because of voter fraud? I think these attacks are used as cover for the real plan — massive voter fraud.

          Although it is nice to see Alabama is paper ballot: https://www.verifiedvoting.org/verifier/#year/2016/state/1

          A lot of info on voter fraud by my techie friends: Voter Fraud & Voting Irregularities

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        • A2 you and SD made remarks about the optics of the President’s visit to the Forbidden City for the Chinese. With the rest of the trip including Arabella’s singing what is the message to the citizens of China from Xi?

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    • Publius2016 says:

      China’s One Belt One Road is their policy of financing infrastructure/businesses around the world in exchange for a stable currency and conquest. Using electronic Yuan, they can leverage their investment and buy entire countries and everything in them. One reason President Trump is a God send to the people of the world is that his message is not only about finance but also culture, sovereignty and family. Let money flow but keep your eyes on the prize.

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  21. trumpsbamagirl says:

    “Therefore negotiation with China involves requests for action, that when taken, also derive the Chinese a benefit.”

    B.F. Skinner’s operant conditioning…. simple, yet effective! I teach special education and just about everything I do with my students is based on operant conditioning.

    I can’t help but chuckle! I love my President! ❤️❤️❤️

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  22. Jeff says:

    Talk about IMPRINTING !! Madame Peng Liyaun may have called Kim Jong Un herself telling him to KNOCK IT OFF !! She was singing along with president Trump’s grand daughter ENDEARING herself and the Chinese culture solidifying their future .

    THE KUNG FU MASTER and his family are A NATIONAL TREASURE . We can only hope America’s families see the WINNING in this as well .

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    • A2 says:

      It is Peng Liyuan. For some reason SD spells the romanisation wrong. Not uncommon. When he first did this I thought he was making a subtle joke, like ‘yawn’. But it is just a typo with legs.

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  23. vexedmi says:

    “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the sheep shall abide together, and a little child will lead them.” Isaiah 11:6
    A prophecy written so many years ago becoming true today.

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  24. sharpshorts says:

    Isaiah 11:6 – how true and wonderful…”out of the mouth of babes”

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  25. Publius2016 says:

    The roads to victory are varied and the President employs them simultaneously. He envelops the enemy while providing safe passage for friends. He is protector, friend, and BOSS.

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  26. distracted2 says:

    And the history books will tell the tale of the little girl who helped avert a nuclear war. Thank you, Arabella, indeed.

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  27. Pam says:

    I remember the first time Ivanka posted the video to instagram of Arabella performing the song several months ago. I never dreamed we would be seeing this video being used to charm president Xi and his wife. Arabella is very bright and a quick learner. Not only was president Xi and Madame Peng impressed but also you could see the huge grin on POTUS’ face. You couldn’t have wiped it off if you tried!

    Job well done Arabella.

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  28. Abster says:

    President Trump is transforming the world as we know it. The good news is that it appears most want peace and prosperity. Now if we can only clean up America. God be with a President Trump and all of his followers.

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    • pegm says:

      My thoughts exactly Abster. Our uniparty is trying mightily to tear this country apart. I can only pray that Pres. Trump can somehow reach these self-serving crooks in congress. It boggles my mind. I try to stay positive, but it sometimes is very difficult.

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  29. NJF says:

    Great post SD, thank you so much!

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  30. 94corvette says:

    Watching the success of this trip to Asia, one can only fantasize about how much more our beloved President could accomplish if he wasn’t fighting against the Dems and the GOPe.

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  31. All of President Trump’s brilliant strategery aside, for a brief moment….
    ….Melania’s dress is E.. X. Q. U. I. S. I. T. E.!!!!

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  32. joshua says:

    Meanwhile, all the MSM and the eGOP can rant about is Judge Roy Moore and sexual junk from 40 years ago…..where is the discussion of John McCain’s womanizing and dumping his wife…or of Pete Session’s womanizing and dumping his wife…or of all the Kennedy womaning….and on and on.

    The Congress and Media are colluding to prevent MAGA….they want only Control of America, not greatness.

    Greed and powermongering is treasonous in this context, IMO.

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  33. Having been born 5 days before the attack on Pearl Harbor it is amazing to see how far China has come after domination and slaughter by the Japanese during WW II. The lessons they learned from that experience will be taught for centuries.

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  34. Beenthere says:

    A little light humor:

    Arabella, 15 years from now, “Hey Grandpa. I delivered you world peace with my singing voice. Mandarin wasn’t so bad but Arabic & Hebrew are so similar.—-Almost blew it there. And the torture of singing Russian and Cossack dancing at the same time.— too much. Come on, pay up.”

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    • napoleon32 says:

      Continuing on the humor note:

      I think Arabella should be Ambassador to China when Ambassador Branstad retires. I’d love to see those conversations.

      Arabella: “Grandpa Xi, Mr. Kim is being a big meanie. You should go beat him up!”
      Xi: “That… doesn’t work like that.”
      Arabella: “Why?”
      Xi: “It just doesn’t.”
      Arabella: “But WHY?!”
      Xi: “I’m sorry, I just can’t do that.”
      (Lip quivers)
      Xi: (Oh, no. I still haven’t heard the end of it from Liyuan for the last time I made her cry.) “Ok, ok, I can’t beat him up, but I’ll get him stop being so mean.”
      Arabella: “YAY!”
      Xi: (This “child diplomacy” is tougher than I thought.)

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  35. alliwantissometruth says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more Sundance

    There was something different about this trip, one of mutual respect, friendship & yes, even a touch of humanity

    A leader like Trump can do great things for the world as a whole, because he reaches out to people as human beings, as possible partners in a mutually enriching partnership

    He’s not a politician, he’s a concerned human being who understands being tough but fair to all concerned is the way to solve problems & get things done

    Yet, what is the democrats response to his fantastic trip?

    From Chuck Schumer…

    ““Without exaggeration, the president’s trip to Asia has been one of the most embarrassing foreign trips a president has taken in my memory. It shows that when it comes to foreign policy, President Trump is not ready for prime time,” Schumer said on the Senate floor”

    Schumer could care less about America or our interests

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    • napoleon32 says:

      The Head Clown is embarrassed and salty that the scorn Asia showed to Barry was not extended to Trump. From the infamous “ass-end” exit in Beijing, to the chilly reception in Hanoi, to the “son of a whore” comment from Duterte, Asia’s verdict on Barry and his foreign policy was damning.

      For all the talk of “resets” 8 years ago, this truly felt like a reset. Old friendships were strengthened, frayed friendships repaired, and new relationships forged.

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      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        Well said!

        Schumer is merely saying that the globalists are embarrASSed. He is a tool and a fool.
        And one of the most self-serving, corrupt, evil creatures to walk the floors of Congress.
        I wouldn’t trust him to WASH the floors of Congress…

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    • betseyross says:

      Of course the Dems are embarrassed. Trump shows them up in everything he says and everything he does. He makes them look like the boorish fops they are.

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  36. MIKE says:

    President Trump has many specialized tools in his tool cabinet, and he ain’t afraid to use them.
    But if the irresponsible chickens**t media figures this one out, the next day’s headline will read “Trump exploits own grandchildren for political gain, proof of world leader collusion!”
    No matter; the important point here is he brings something China wants to the table, demonstrates his willingness to barter with it, but will never agree to lopsided deals in China’s favor.
    Like military and industrial secrets of technology, a la Clinton foreign policy.
    This has been a stellar overseas trip, again, ignored by paid political hacks, as our lion continues to lay a solid foundation and policy blueprint that will pay the US yuge dividends for years to come.

    Rock on, Mr. President.

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  37. fannieprl says:

    Being married to a Chinese man, I have sat through countless family reunions where children’s recitals are the main event. Singing, piano or violin playing, you name it. This is a classy move by President Trump tailor made to fit the culture. MAGA!

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    • Beenthere says:

      This is not just a Chinese thing. It’s “I’m proud of my kid” thing. I always had my kids play in front of the relatives.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      fannnieprl, and remember many pregnant Chinese women play classical music for the fetus and why so many are so very talented, plus they start school at age 3 and it is not play school but learning math, reading, and beginning with the graphics of the Chinese language (which is much easier and shorter than the old Chinese language in Taiwan). I know our Chinese godchild will be extra special because later, God willing, he can come for vacations with us and learn more of America. In Beijing they are speaking English, because they know it is important. A beautiful country as well, and what I love about the Chinese is that they love dancing to our music and use it for exercising. Found this out in Hangzhou at the Night Market. AND they can dance beautifully!

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  38. kjf says:

    PDJT is from the myths of legends. Imagine if he was on the wrong side what damage he could do? Oh wait he is kn the wrong side to the left.

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  39. We are so fortunate to have the Trump family in our lives. I cannot imagine a Hillary presidency at this point. Actually, I never did, but the near possibility was there, looming like a dangling sword. Thank God we didn’t have Hillary running around at this historic event with a plastic reset button.

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  40. Carolina Kat says:

    IMHO, Trump won the election here because of authenticity. He is real – a what you see is what you get guy. In negotiations this is a powerful tool – it puts a force behind a stand like nothing else. Authenticity is a cantilever that defies political gravity, and our President has it in spades. He’s a true partner, looking for the win-win. That’s what China knows about Trump. Much is made over how Trump knows China, but for a fact the reason the President made so much headway on this trip is that China, Xi in particular, knows Trump. There is a real guy on the other side of the handshake (and there never was in the case of 44).

    Secondly our First Lady took my breath away in that dress. She never misses a beat, perfect harmony in what she wears and what she does in her role. Culturally, I believe the pains she takes to accommodate the cultures she visits is a mark of respect that China most especially would respect. The Ugly American is the guy who wants every culture to be his – to go abroad and demand to eat hamburgers and speak English. Instead of learning while traveling, he proselytizes. This is why Obama sounded so brass, and why Trump hits the right chord. The difference is that Obama wasn’t even American enough to pretend it well, so he even faked it while abroad. That was so embarrassing. President Trump is comfortable in his own skin and open to the wisdom of other cultures. That’s why tagging him a xenophobe is so outrageous, and one of the reasons the media did not show him abroad – it spoils their isolationist/racist narrative.

    And finally, the grandpas. One of the most concerning things to me in the current world leadership is the lack of generations. Merkel has no children. Macron has no children. May has no children. What do they care how they leave the world? But Grandfathers think on those things and they want all the best for their offspring. This is a common bond that transcends culture and goes to the heart of the human spirit. Arabella isn’t a cynical ploy here, nor is she a tool. She is pure in her motives and her message. It’s straight out of Corinthians. So now faith, hope, love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love.

    And love always wins. That’s real winning there, Mr. President.

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    • napoleon32 says:

      The Abes don’t have kids either, but their story is a sadder one. They tried to conceive for years, with Akie even going on fertility treatments but were it was simply not meant to be. They even considered adopting from outside the family (practically unheard of in Japan), but decided against it.

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    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      Beautifully said, Carolina and Napoleon. President Trump is a genuinely good man, who not only wants to put America and her people first, but for the other leaders to put their countries and peoples first. In other words, everyone can win. And not from the SJW-snowflake-participation-trophy point of view.

      He also has a better connection as a “people person” than any President I’ve seen in my lifetime, and that goes back to Eisenhower. He builds on the common ground, and works on the differences. The Art of the Deal, made real in the one might say foreign world of politics.

      What the YSM and many pun(y)dits don’t realize, either by incompetence or intent, is that business involves politics too. As well as thinking on your feet, preparing for every meeting, negotiating for the best results, and thinking long term, apparently much longer term than Øblowhole’s bunch. President Trump is no rube, and certainly not the (unwort – non-word) “Drumpf” that the Yellow-Stream-Media call him. He has seen and dealt with the swamp from the outside for many years. And he has assembled an excellent crew of like-minded good men and women to assist him in draining the swamp, both here and abroad, and is joining with other leaders as well to do the same.

      We are truly blessed. Praying with thanks, for forgiveness, and for power, strength, wisdom and judgement.

      Thanks, for bringing us President Trump; forgiveness, for giving us a second (OK, nth) chance; strength, to carry out GOD’s will, and clearing out the swampian evil; wisdom, for the right course of decisions, thoughts, and actions; and judgement: judgement upon those who subvert and destroy, and discernment to see who they are and what they do. GOD Bless America.

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  41. Rock Knutne says:

    Yea but c’mon…that’s in no way as cool as giving a dignitary a cd of your greatest speeches!
    sarc/off

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  42. marblenecltr says:

    I have a suspicion that MSM in China treats President Trump more fairly and honestly than does our own MSM.

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  43. Minnie says:

    Psalm 8:2 (NIV)

    “Through the praise of children and infants, you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger”.

    God Bless, Amen and Amen!

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  44. Time to visit China again for the fourth time but this time with MAGA hat!

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  45. Betty says:

    Another thing I noticed that President Trump did, only I don’t know how to say it. All during his campaign President Trump called out the unfair trade practices.

    But instead of naming governments and their trade negotiators as slimy crooks who will lie, cheat and collude in order to take us to the cleaners, he elevated them to the position of honorable patriots who are only looking to get the best deal for their people.

    And an under message to that is: be ready, because from now on that is the honorable goal of our government and our trade negotiators too.

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  46. recoverydotgod says:

    Lovely writing. I was reminded of President Trump’s answer to the last question of the presser on the plane this morning where he was asked about relationships, and as I understood it he felt that relationships of respect were the most important, even more so than friendship. President Trump has a philosophy that allows him to engage China differently on our behalf.

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  47. Sayit2016 says:

    Well… I for one am very glad she was singing Chinese– had it been Russian… I swear the left would accuse little Arabella of being a spy for Grandpa ! ; )

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  48. The MSM says this man doesn’t respect women.

    Then he shows off his tiny granddaughter signing in Chinese in the middle of a state event.

    And the pressitutes in the MSM are all silent…….. don’t have the courage to print a word of it.

    But we see it, and will remember. 🇺🇸❣️

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  49. Bendix says:

    Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment seat;
    But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
    When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!

    I got that off Wikipedia, but it’s Kipling.

    It’s funny, it came to mind when I was reading Sundance’s article, so I went to look it up to refresh my memory. Then I find it isn’t just the first verse that is totally apropos.
    I’m taking it as a sign.

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  50. POP says:

    My view is more cynical.
    “action, that when taken, also derive the Chinese a benefit.” Well yes, but China can only be dealt with via the quote “when you’ve got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow”.
    A US attack on Chinese exports of rubbish by tariff or red tape has the potential to cause civil unrest and worse in China. They know that. It has very little to do with singing children.

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    • AndyZep says:

      Of course that is the case Pop, but a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. China already showed that they realize that Trump is a man to be taken seriously with the invite to the forbidden city, the correct response is to accept gracefully. There is a differene between strong and beligerant.

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    • SuperTalk says:

      The idea that China is exporting “Rubbish” to the United States is an outdated one. EVERYTHING is being manufactured in China. India is even withdrawing to compete in manufacturing against them (stupidly I believe).

      The sad fact is that we barely manufacture a GD thing here in the USA any more. The costs are 10-20x higher for every little part that goes into every little device, including paint, labels and screws.

      I’d like to just say “thanks” to the UNIPARTY and business interests that advocated our manufacturing capabilities to leave the US over the past few decades, making it nearly impossible to make anything except Handicrafts on Etsy, and MicroBeers here at home. And btw, half the products on Etsy are Chinese too.

      Want to manufacture in the USA again? HYave the government Subsidize community manufacturing facilities. Plus spend some real money to push our youths towards educations heavy in engineering and skilled trades again. Or we need to quit complaining about “cheap Chinese” goods.

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