Written by News 1st
16 Sep, 2014 | 2:40 pm
The First Lady of the Republic of China Peng Liyuan is also accompanying President Xi Jinping on his visit to Sri Lanka. Here is a look at the illustrious career of the First Lady of China Peng Liyuan.
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The new First Lady of China was almost unknown until she emerged on Xi Jinping’s first presidential tour. In her homeland – she has been a superstar for three decades – Mrs Peng’s emergence on the world stage has been greeted with delight in China.
Well before she met the President, Mrs. Peng was arguably the most famous singer in China.
Her place at the top table of the Chinese establishment was cemented in 1985 when she spent 20 days on the front line entertaining troops as they fought a border conflict with Vietnam.
She gained popularity as a soprano singer from her regular appearances on the annual CCTV New Year’s Gala, a widely viewed mainland Chinese television programme that airs during the Chinese New Year.
She has won many honours in singing competitions in China.
She was the first in China to obtain a Master’s Degree in traditional ethnic music when the degree was established in the 1980s.
Born in Peng village in 1962, in the Eastern Province of Shandong, Mrs. Peng comes from a poor family and the very opposite end of the Communist Party to her princeling husband, whose father was a vice-premier of China.
Mrs. Peng is actively involved in politics herself, and is a member of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
She is also a WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS since 2011.
As of 2014, she is listed as the 57th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
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