Charmed the politician in 45 minutes: how the wife of Chinese leader Xi Jinping looks and how she was "insulted" by Putin. Photo
Chinese leader Xi Jinping often appears with his wife Peng Liyuan in public, but his chosen one is no less actively building a "solo" career. The fact is that in her native country many years ago the young singer Peng Liyuan was more popular than her husband, so her authority and popularity among the Chinese is not questionable.
Even after her marriage, she did not immediately end her career as an artist, but later gave her husband a daughter and took on the duties of first lady. OBOZREVATEL will show how Xi Jinping's chosen one looks like, and will remember the scandal with Putin who insulted her (to see photos and videos, scroll to the end of the page).
The 24-year-old folk singer and the then 33-year-old vice-mayor of Xiamen met in 1986 and married in 1987.
Liyuan claimed that her husband fully met her expectations - he was ambitious, successful and dominant. The Chinese leader admitted that he fell in love with his future wife within the first 45 minutes of their date.
At that time, the lovers were building their careers, so they often traveled around China and rarely stayed home alone. In 1992, they had a daughter Minjie, which changed the usual rhythm of family life. Peng Liyuan devoted herself to bringing up her heiress and doing what a first lady is supposed to do.
She occasionally appears on television as a separate, independent figure, but tries to accompany her husband on his business trips as often as possible.
During one such visit to Russia in 2014, dictator Putin demonstrated his ignorance of business etiquette and "rewarded" the Chinese censors with a job.
He threw a plaid over the shoulders of the Chinese leader's wife, which is unacceptable from the point of view of the Chinese themselves. Such a movement is not only regarded as a gesture of the elder to the younger or the stronger to the weaker, but is also considered rude, since only Peng Liyuan's husband can afford such tactility.
There was no loud political scandal, but the tabloids did not subside for some time, discussing how Putin insulted the first lady of China. In the country itself, the piece was forced to be removed from all platforms.