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China: Glimpses of Xi Jinping’s personal life


Peng Liyuan

SCMP’s Minnie Chan says in her report from Fuzhou titled Xi Jinping put work first and missed birth of daughter: “Years in Xiamen helped Xi recover from his lowest ebb – and led him to meet his new wife

“In the summer of 1992, as party chief of Fujian‘s provincial capital, Fuzhou, Xi Jinping missed the birth of his only child, daughter Xi Mingze, because he was called away to deal with the effects of a typhoon that struck the area.

“A provincial foreign affairs official said Xi’s wife, famous soprano Peng Liyuan – who holds the rank of major general in the People’s Liberation Army, was in Fuzhou as her due date approached and hoped that Xi would be present for the birth.

“‘But at that time, Fuzhou was hit by a strong typhoon, and Xi had to direct disaster relief work in the worst-hit area, keeping him away for three days and nights,’ the official said.

“Many officials in Fujian said that most people in the province were aware that Xi had ordered Peng not to accept offers of freelance work after their marriage, causing her to lose countless opportunities to make money.

“‘When Xi was in Xiamen, he even asked Peng to do free performances for local people,’ the foreign affairs official said.

“‘Xi is so lucky to have such a virtuous and approachable wife, who has helped earn him a lot of publicity.’”

According to another official in Fuzhou, Xi met Peng, who was more famous than he at the time, at a friend’s home in Xiamen in 1986. Peng, then 24, had been a famous performer since the age of 18.

“She told the Zhejiang Daily in September 2007: ‘In our first encounter, I found his dress was outmoded and severely plain, while [his face] looked older than his real age.’

“However, Peng said she was attracted to Xi, then 32, when he began to talk.

“‘Jinping didn’t ask me how much I earned for every performance, like other common people … He just asked me, ‘How many skills are involved in singing?’ And he didn’t even realise how famous I was and that I was the original performer of one of his favourite songs,’ Peng said.

“They married on September 1, 1987, a year after their first date.

“A provincial cultural official in Fuzhou said that even today, many mainlanders will joke: ‘Who is Xi Jinping? Ah … I remember, he is Peng Liyuan’s husband.’”

 

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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