Zhang Lijia , motivational speaker from China and author of “Socialism is Great”, was interviewed by The National on China’s incoming first lady, Ms Peng Liyuan, Chinese new leader, Xi Jinping’s wife:
“It goes right back to the Empress Dowager (who ran China for the last 47 years of the Ching Dynasty), people think that if a women is given power there will be trouble,” say Zhang Lijia, a writer and social commentator in Beijing.
“There are still people who think that Mao’s wife Jiang Qing alone was responsible for the Cultural Revolution,” she said, referring to the violent anti-bourgeois and anti-intellectual campaigns unleashed by Mao and his wife in the late sixties.
Unlike these women, Ms Peng does not derive power of popularity from her husband. When in 2008 it became clear he was being tipped for the presidency, few Chinese people had any idea who he was.