China’s First Lady Shows Star Power in Visit to Americas

China’s new first lady Peng Liyuan continued with her charm offensive during a recent visit to Latin America along with her husband President Xi Jinping. She shows her start power at every appearance. President Xi and Peng Liyuan have arrived in Indian Wells, Calif. on June 6, 2013. The summit between Xi and Obama will take place at the 200-acre Sunnylands estate outside Palm Springs, Calif. starting Friday evening.

According to Wikipedia, Peng Liyuna is a renowned Chinese contemporary folk singer and performing artist. She is the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, and as such referred to as the “Chinese First Lady” by the media.

Peng is the Dean of the People’s Liberation Army Art Academy . 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 program that airs during the Chinese New Year. She has won many honors in singing competitions nationwide. Her most famous singles include People from Our Village (父老乡亲), Zhumulangma (珠穆朗玛) and On the Plains of Hope (在希望的田野上).

Peng is a civilian member of China’s People’s Liberation Army and holds the civilian rank equivalent to major general. She was the first in China to obtain a Master’s degree in traditional ethnic music when the degree was established in the 1980s.

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