|Peng Liyuan sitting with poise at the United Nations in New York|
This was evident in Peng's speech at the Global Education First Initiative event at the United Nations where she spoke in English. There is debate about how fluent her English was, as she spoke slowly to ensure she enunciated each word clearly, but it's not often we hear senior officials -- let alone a senior leader's wife -- speak in English.
|Peng's soft touch has resonated with people in the West...|
We'd like to take this opportunity to compare her to Soong Mei-ling, who was the wife of Chiang Kai-shek.
|... much like Madame Chiang Kai-shek with General Stilwell|
|Madame Chiang with Eleanor Roosevelt|
Right now Peng is doing a pretty good job showing the world that China isn't just about a rising superpower, but that it's got some class and pizzazz.