China grants Ivanka Trump's defunct company five trademarks

China grants Ivanka Trump's defunct company five trademarks
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White House adviser and first daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpThe White House and schools have this in common: Asbestos President tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report MORE's now defunct company has reportedly won preliminary approval for five trademarks in China. 

The trademarks for child care centers, sunglasses and wedding dresses were approved Sunday, according to The Associated Press. 

Another trademark covering brokerage, charitable fundraising and art valuation services was approved Jan. 6, the AP added. 


Trump, whose company reportedly applied for the trademarks in 2016 and 2017, announced last July that she would shut down her company to focus on her work in Washington. 

Her business dealings in China have drawn criticism because of her role in her father's administration. 

Critics argue they pose a conflict of interest because she meets with foreign leaders and works on policy issues in her role. 

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government watchdog that is often critical of the Trump administration, says the trademarks leave open the possibility that she could resume her business after leaving the White House. 

Trump's representatives have previously defended the trademark filings as a common business practice, needed to protect others from stealing her name and using it to sell their products. 

The latest trademarks come as the U.S. is engaged in trade negotiations with China.