Liu Yongqing

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Liu Yongqing
刘永清
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Liu Yongqing
Spouse of the President of China
In office
15 March 2003 – 14 March 2013
Preceded by Wang Yeping
Spouse of the Paramount leader
In office
15 November 2002 – 15 November 2012
Preceded by Wang Yeping
Succeeded by Peng Liyuan
Personal details
Born 1940 (age 74–75)
Spouse(s) Hu Jintao
Children Hu Haifeng
Hu Haiqing
Residence Beijing
Alma mater Tsinghua University

Liu Yongqing is the wife of Hu Jintao, the former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and President of the People’s Republic of China. Liu Yongqing has, as is the Chinese custom, retained her maiden name.

Traditionally, Liu Yongqing’s role would be primarily domestic but this is fast changing as Chinese leaders travel abroad more. Liu often accompanies her husband on his official trips to foreign countries and has made personal appearances at charities and cultural institutions all over the world.

Biography[edit]

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

Liu Yonqing was born in 1940. She met her husband at Tsinghua University, in Beijing. Later she went on to work for Beijing city planning committee.

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

Children[edit]

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[edit]

Liu Yongqing
Traditional Chinese 劉永清
Simplified Chinese 刘永清
  1. ^ Well Traveled – But Not Very Well Known. Kirsty Needham. Sydney Morning Herald
  2. ^ Chinese leader's daughter marries. 3 November 2003. Washington Times.
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