|Girish Shetti |||Apr 04, 2017 07:19 AM EDT|
(Photo : Getty Images. ) According to the reports in American media, Jared Kushner played an instrumental role in shaping up President Donald Trump's high profile summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jingping that is slated for later this week.
Jared Kushner played an instrumental role in pushing the U.S. President and father in law Donald Trump to go for a summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jingping, according to reports in American media. The summit meeting, which will be the first meeting between the two leaders, is slated to be held later this week in South Florida.
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The New York Times reports that Kushner was continuously in touch with Cui Tiankai - Chinese ambassador to the U.S - to chalk out the fine details of the Trump and Xi meeting. The New York based newspaper further claims that the ambassador even sent a joint statement to Kushner, which both countries could issue after the meeting.
There are also reports that Kushner and Trump took help of former secretary of state Henry Kissinger to cut ice with the Chinese leadership. As per the report, Kissinger travelled all the way to Beijing to have a verbal word with Xi and set the ball rolling for the high profile meeting.
Kissinger's efforts paved the way for series of meetings between China's state councilor Yang Jiechi and Kushner as well as other Trump aides.
Today many consider Kushner as one of the powerful members in Trump's foreign policy committee, with the son-in-law and real estate tycoon playing a key role in shaping Trump administration's foreign policy towards Mexico, Canada, Saudi Arabia, China and several other key countries.
He was also among the senior advisors of Trump's presidential campaign and is believed to have played key role in developing Trump's digital media strategy.
Kushner caught in a murky Real Estate deal with Chinese Insurance Firm
Interestingly, last month Kushner's real estate firm hogged the media limelight for a high profile real estate deal that apparently had a Chinese connection to it. Several reports started emerging in American media houses that Chinese insurance giant Anbang Insurance is looking to invest in Manhattan's 41-floor skyscraper, which is owned Kushner's real estate company.
The report earned ire of the American press, after it cited conflict of interest in the deal. Most U.S. newspapers claimed that the deal looks murky owing to fact that Kushner is one of the members in Trump foreign policy advisory panel. His close family relation with Trump's family was also highlighted.
Following the intense media scrutiny, the high profile deal was eventually called off, with Anbang immediately denying its involvement in the deal.
Jared Kushner became part of Donald Trump's powerful family after he married Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump in October 2009.
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