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Ivanka Trump won Chinese trademarks the same night she dined with China's president

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Ivanka Trump's company that bears her name won three new trademarks in China on April 6, letting her sell her brand of accessories and spa services in China.

On that same night, she and her husband, Jared Kushner, sat next to China's President Xi Jinping and his wife for a dinner at Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach club owned by her father President Trump, The Associated Press reported. 

Despite facing backlash and boycotts, Trump brand has soared. Sales hit record levels in 2017.

Put the business on hold and stop trying to get trademarks while you're in government.
Richard Painter, former White House ethics lawyer

But some argue her business empire raises conflicts of interests. Since she's now a federal employee, she's not allowed to participate in government affairs that could affect her income or her spouse's. 

Her attorney Jamie Gorelick said Trump "will not weigh in on business strategy."

Ivanka has so many China ties and conflicts ... I would never have allowed it.
Norman Eisen, former White House ethics lawyer

Trump recently told CBS News her business would be doing better if she hadn't moved to Washington. 

But some argue she and husband Jared Kushner have so many ties to China and are so involved with U.S.-China policy that she needs to step away.

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Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ivanka Trump Marks LLC currently has 16 registered trademarks in China, with 32 others still pending. There's no sign the recent approvals were any faster than normal. 

Kellyanne Conway, President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager, winks as she answers a question from a member of the media as she leaves Trump Tower, in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Kellyanne Conway, President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager, winks as she answers a question from a member of the media as she leaves Trump Tower, in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

After White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told Americans to "go buy Ivanka's stuff," sales spiked 771 percent, even as many threatened to boycott stores that sold her line. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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