Empire Illustrated: Peng Liyuan at Tiananmen, 1989

Peng Liyuan, wife of the new Chinese president Xi Jinping, has lit up Weibo with her glamour. The censors have balked at discussions of her outfits, though their work has not done much to dampen “first lady fever.”

While it may be politically touchy to talk about Peng’s overcoat, digging into the darker corners of her past is totally off-limits. Weibo user @HKfighter posted the image below from Open Magazine [zh], a liberal Hong Kong journal, showing a young Peng entertaining the troops in Tiananmen Square in June 1989:

@HKfighter: After the Tiananmen Massacre, Peng Liyuan sang to comfort the soldiers. Open Magazine published this photo. [Then] for the 82nd anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party [in 2003], she sang the theme song for a commemorative film, declaring “fight for power, rule the country,” the heartfelt thoughts of the Party elders.

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中共六四屠杀后,彭丽媛去唱歌慰问戒严部队,开放杂志发表过这张照片。中共建党82年,她为向党献礼片江山唱的主题曲声言“打江山,坐江山”,唱出中共元老们的心声。

Since the posting of this weibo, the original @HKfighter account has been deleted.

Via CDT Chinese.