Ivanka Trump's Firm Has Filed For Even More Chinese Trademarks

This has been met with fresh concerns over the Trump family's business interests influencing foreign relations

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When you say 'China' Trump says 'Chyinah'.

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Yep, that's three minutes of Donald Trump saying China. Try watching all of it. We dare you.

We digress (kind of).

The Trump family and China go together like chocolate cake and missiles, don't you think?

And now there's even more rumblings around China and the Trump family.

Last week The Wall Street Journal reported that at least 14 new Chinese trademark applications had been filed in March by Ivanka Trump's business, which bears her name.

This follows 36 trademark requests from her company in 2016 when she joined her father as a White House advisor.

The Chinese government is yet to review any of the applications.

You may or may not know that Ivanka Trump is something of a super-star in China, since she visited the Chinese embassy with her mandarin-speaking daughter in the Chinese New Year.

Since then it has been reported that she is referred to as Goddess Ivanka on the Chinese version of Twitter.

The trademarks make sure products using her image or name can be distributed, advertised or sold by third parties for profit.

So far, so understandable.

However, people such as Larry Noble, general counsel for US watchdog group Campaign Legal Center, apparently told CNN on Monday that these business matters could be influencing US relations with China, he said:

'China knows that to deny these applications would get a negative reaction from the President, and to expedite their approval would get a positive reaction from the President.'

Mr Noble added Ivanka Trump's company could 'stand to lose a lot if these applications are denied.'

We know that Donald has been one to use his platform as President to publicly decry and comment on his daughter's business affairs - he once retweeted a tweet about his daughter's clothing line being dumped from department store Nordstrom.

Ivanka Trump stepped away from her management position at her company, however she is still the main stakeholder and it bears her name.

Mr Noble stated that he thought she should have sold her stake in the business and removed her company from foreign markets to avoid future conflicts of interest.

We don't think International affairs should be dictated by private business, but is Ivanka really affecting world issues with some trademark applications?

Hmm, we need to mull this over. Chocolate, anyone?

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