A “blue paper” issued by the former press chief of the State Council has hailed the role and contribution of China’s First Lady, Peng Liyuan, in the nation’s diplomacy efforts.
The document compiled by Zhao Qizheng, who is currently dean of the Diplomacy Institute of Renmin University, lists the achievements in Chinese diplomacy in recent years.
It makes a special reference and highlights the contribution of Peng, who has taken an unusually high profile role to complement her husband Xi Jinping’s diplomatic efforts, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Since Xi took the reins of China, Peng has been accompanying him during visits abroad, grabbing the attention of the global media and enchanting observers.
As Goodwill Ambassador of the World Health Organization and a renowned folk singer, Peng has been regarded as an example of China’s expanding soft power.
The report noted that Peng has played an important role in conveying China’s goodwill to the world, fostering an image of openness for the country.
The First Lady presents a picture of grace and civility and puts Chinese traditional costumes to good use. She also sends friendly signals to the world and helps boost China’s soft power, according to the diplomacy blue paper.
Zhou Lijia, editor for Peng’s special chapter in the blue paper, was quoted as saying that the First lady’s efforts are of symbolic significance, more than anything else. Her influence is primarily informal and has its limits, Zhou suggested.
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