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Fam­ily role

When Xi en­tered a lead­er­ship po­si­tion, his mother sum­moned a fam­ily meet­ing, re­quest­ing other fam­ily mem­bers not to en­gage in business ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to his po­si­tion.

In­flu­enced by his par­ents, Xi has al­ways been strict with his friends and him­self. Al­though he is very car­ing with Peng, he is still very strict with her on cer­tain is­sues of prin­ci­ple.

Xi told Peng that since he is a Party of­fi­cial, Peng must not moon­light.

In many cases when Peng came to where Xi worked, Xi kept a low pro­file and did not let Peng join him at work.

Wang Jin­shui, sec­re­tary of the Party Lead­er­ship Group of Xi­a­men City Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment then, re­mem­bered that “the day they mar­ried was a Satur­day. Com­rade (Xi) Jin­ping told me that he wanted to bring Peng to Dong­shan county in Zhangzhou for a visit. “The se­cond

day, a driver brought them to Dong­shan, and they stayed there for one night. But he him­self paid for the ac­com­mo­da­tion and gaso­line. That was 30 years ago. He had such strict de­mands of him­self.”

Lü Juy­ong, a then mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of Fu­jian Provin­cial Peo­ple’s Congress, was deeply im­pressed by Xi when he worked in Ningde, Fu­jian.

Lü re­mem­bered that in 1988, Peng was on va­ca­tion and came to Ningde. Xi did not pick her up in his car, but asked her to take a bus.

It was quite nor­mal for an of­fi­cial to use his car to pick up his wife, but Xi did not, Lü said, not­ing that he ad­mired Xi’s ex­em­plary ac­tions in not tak­ing ad­van­tage of pub­lic prop­erty.

Xi and Peng named their only daugh­ter Mingze, which means: “Be vir­tu­ous and con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety.”

Fam­i­lies are ba­sic cells of so­ci­ety, and also the first schools in peo­ple’s lives. Xi said in 2015, “No mat­ter how time and peo­ple’s life­styles change, we need to pay at­ten­tion to fam­ily build­ing, fo­cus on fam­i­lies, fam­ily ed­u­ca­tion and fam­ily tra­di­tions.”

In Peng’s eyes, her hus­band is an ex­tra­or­di­nary man, but also an or­di­nary per­son.

As a hus­band, Xi feels plea­sure, anger, sor­row and joy just like any other per­son, and he also needs to meet close friends from time to time. But he has suc­ceeded in his em­pha­sis on af­fec­tion and right­eous­ness with fam­ily mem­bers, dis­tin­guish­ing right from wrong on mat­ters of prin­ci­ple. Xi has set an ex­am­ple to all of so­ci­ety with these lofty moral char­ac­ter­is­tics and sen­ti­ment, the

ar­ti­cle con­cluded.

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping (left) and his wife Peng Liyuan wave to a wel­com­ing crowd in Sin­ga­pore in this file photo taken in Novem­ber 2015.

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