Liu Yongqing
刘永清
Liu Yongqing in 2010
Spouse of the paramount leader of China
In role
19 September 2004 – 15 November 2012
Preceded byWang Yeping
Succeeded byPeng Liyuan
Spouse of the President of China
In role
15 March 2003 – 14 March 2013
Preceded byWang Yeping
Succeeded byPeng Liyuan
Personal details
Born (1940-10-03) 3 October 1940 (age 80)
Spouse(s)Hu Jintao
ChildrenHu Haifeng
Hu Haiqing
Alma materTsinghua University
Liu Yongqing
Traditional Chinese劉永清
Simplified Chinese刘永清

Liu Yongqing (born 3 October 1940), is the wife of Hu Jintao, the former General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and President of the People’s Republic of China.

Traditionally, Liu Yongqing’s role would be primarily domestic, but Liu often accompanied her husband on his official trips to foreign countries and made personal appearances at charities and cultural institutions all over the world.

Biography

Liu, in red, with former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush at the White House in 2006.
Liu, in red, with former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush at the White House in 2006.

Liu Yongqing was born in 1940 in Chongqing and attended Bashu High School. She met her husband at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Later she worked for Beijing's city planning committee.

As with her husband, Liu's life and background are not widely known among foreign observers. She received virtually no public attention before Hu Jintao's leadership. Hu himself has preferred to stay out of the public eye and tended to avoid publicity during his political career.[1]

Children

Hu Jintao and Liu Yongqing have two grown children – a son named Hu Haifeng and a daughter named Hu Haiqing, both of whom were educated at the Tsinghua University. Haifeng is a businessman. Haiqing was married in 2003, at the age of 33, to Mao Daolin.[2]

References

  1. ^ Needham, Kirsty (24 October 2003). "Well travelled - but not very well known". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  2. ^ "Chinese leader's daughter marries". The Washington Times. 3 November 2003.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Wang Yeping
Spouse of the paramount leader
2002–2012
Succeeded by
Peng Liyuan
Spouse of the President of China
2003–2013