China’s first lady makes a splash in tense Hong Kong visit

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT/AFP | Peng Liyuan has visited a kindergarten and elderly home in the first two days of her and Xi Jingping’s visit to Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AFP) – Xi Jinping’s every word is being closely watched during his first visit to politically divided Hong Kong as China’s leader, but his wife is stealing some of the spotlight in a soft power push by Beijing.First lady Peng Liyuan has made headlines for her dress sense and charm as she meets members of the public, while Xi is sticking to more formal visits, including a massive military parade and a meeting with police trainees.

The couple arrived in the bustling financial hub Thursday to mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by Britain, at a time when tensions are high over Beijing’s encroaching influence on the semi-autonomous city.

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