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China to have famous first lady

world Updated: Nov 16, 2012 01:09 IST

For the first time after the Mao era, China is set to welcome a high-profile First Lady as the wife of the ruling CPC's new supreme leader Xi Jinping is a celebrated singer who is expected to bring colour and glamour to his office.

49-year-old Peng Liyuan is the second wife of Xi, 59. The couple got married when Xi was the deputy mayor of Xiamen City, reportedly after months of dating.

Unlike other leaders who rose through party ranks in relative obscurity, Xi's marriage to Peng, who was already well-known all over the country as an iconic singer, made him famous.