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    *Ivanka Trump's Chinese 🇨🇳 Trademarks Raise Questions ❓*

    Chinese trademarks issued to Ivanka Trump's fashion brand in May are raising questions over whether the first daughter is receiving special treatment from a foreign government or is simply the victim of bad timing.

    The Chinese government awarded Ivanka Trump's fashion brand seven new trademarks, according to online records, just as President Donald Trump pledged to revive Chinese telecom giant ZTE. The trademarks were for items such as baby blankets, bamboo crafts and coffins.

    On Friday, the Trump administration reportedly told Congress it had reached a deal with the Chinese government to lift a ban preventing ZTE from buying American goods if it paid a penalty for violating American sanctions on North Korea and Iran.

    Critics say the timing of the approval raises questions about potential ethical violations.

    "As a White House adviser, Ivanka has represented the United States at multiple diplomatic events despite the potential conflicts her business interests present," Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a nonprofit good governance organization, wrote in its report on the trademarks.

    Critics have also seized on the announcement, also in May, that a Chinese company will be building a theme park in Indonesia featuring Trump-branded properties such as a hotel and 18-hole golf course