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First Ladies of Various Countries, Chinese Netizen Reactions

China's President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan.

China's President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan.

The following photo feature attracted an astronomical >61m views from Chinese netizens within the first three days of being published on popular Chinese web portal NetEase, possibly influenced by recent interest in China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan, the wife of Xi Jinping. Even now, after a week, it remains the number 1 ranked photo feature on the website with over 86m views…

On NetEase:

“First Ladies” of Various World Countries Fashion Show

Nowadays, first ladies are often active on the international diplomatic stage, playing roles that males cannot perform, becoming the most beautiful scenery on the diplomatic stage.

United Kingdom's David and Samantha Cameron.

The United Kingdom’s first lady Samantha Cameron.

Russia's Svetlana Medvedeva with children.

2011 December 25, Russia’s Moscow, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev‘s wife Svetlana Medvedeva appearing at a Kremlin organized New Year’s Celebration.

Russia's dmitry Medvedev and Svetlana Medvedeva

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s wife Svetlana Medvedeva.

First Ladies America's Laura Bush and Russia's Lyudmila Putina.

2007, former United States President George W. Bush’s wife Laura and Vladimir Putin‘s wife Lyudmila Putina.

George W. and Laura Bush.

Former American President George Bush and wife Laura.

Hillary and Bill Clinton.

Former American President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary.

Michelle and Barack Obama.

American President Barack Obama and wife Michelle.

Jordan's Rania Al-Abdullah and USA's Michelle Obama.

American First Lady Michelle Obama and Jordan’s First Lady Rania Al Abdullah.

Syria's Bashar al-Assad and wife Asma.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and wife Asma.

India's Manmohan Singh and South Africa's Jacob Zuma with wives.

March 26th local time, Durban, prior to the BRICS Summit Meeting Opening Ceremony, Jacob Zuma and fifth wife Thobeka Madiba in a group photo with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and wife.

South African President Jacob Zuma and sixth wife Bong Ngema with China's Peng Liyuan.

March 26th local time, Pretoria, Jacob Zuma and sixth wife Bong Ngema hosting a lunch banquet for Xi Jinping.

Wife of Germany's Christian Wulff.

Former German President Christian Wulff’s wife.

North Korea's Kim Jong-un and Ri Sol-ju.

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and wife Ri Sol-ju.

North Korea's Kim Jong-un and Ri Sol-ju.

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and wife Ri Sol-ju.

South Korea's Lee Myung-bak and Kim-Yoon-ok.

Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and wife Kim Yoon-ok.

Japan's Abe Shinzo and Abe Akie.

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and wife Abe Akie.

Japans First Lady Abe Akie.

Japan’s First Lady Abe Akie.

Japan's Hatoyama.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio and wife Hatoyama Miyuki.

France's Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni.

France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni.

France's First Lady Carla Bruni.

Former French First Lady Carla Bruni.

France's First Lady Carla Bruni.

Former French First Lady Carla Bruni.

Canada's First Lady Laureen Harper.

2009 July 8, day of the G8 Summit Meeting held in Italy’s L’Aquila, where various countries’ leaders and their wives appeared in Rome. Photo is of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s wife Laureen.

UK's First Lady Sarah Brown.

2009 July 8, day of the G8 Summit Meeting held in Italy’s L’Aquila, where various countries’ leaders and their wives appeared in Rome. Photo is of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah.

Japan's First Lady Aso Chikako.

2009 July 8, day of the G8 Summit Meeting held in Italy’s L’Aquila, where various countries’ leaders and their wives appeared in Rome. Photo is of Japanese Prime Minister Asō Tarō’s wife Chikako.

Sweden's First Lady Fillipa Reinfeldt.

2009 July 8, day of the G8 Summit Meeting held in Italy’s L’Aquila, where various countries’ leaders and their wives appeared in Rome. Photo is of Swedish Prime Minister’s wife Filippa Reinfeldt.

South Africa's First Lady Nompumelelo Ntuli.

2009 July 8, day of the G8 Summit Meeting held in Italy’s L’Aquila, where various countries’ leaders and their wives appeared in Rome. Photo is of South African President Jacob Zuma’s wife Nompumelelo Ntuli.

European Union Commissioner's wife.

2009 July 8, day of the G8 Summit Meeting held in Italy’s L’Aquila, where various countries’ leaders and their wives appeared in Rome. Photo is of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso’s (former Portuguese Prime Minister) wife Maria Margarita.

Mexico's First Lady Margarita Zavala.

2009 July 8, day of the G8 Summit Meeting held in Italy’s L’Aquila, where various countries’ leaders and their wives appeared in Rome. Photo is of Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala (middle).

South Korea's Kim Yoon-ok and Indonesia's First Lady.

2012 March 27, South Korea’s Seoul, Lee Myung-bak‘s wife Kim Yoon-ok (left) and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono‘s wife.

South Korea's Kim Yoon-ok and Chile's First Lady.

2012 March 27, South Korea’s Seoul, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera’s wife.

South Korea's Kim Yoon-ok and Turkey's First Lady.

2012 March 27, South Korea’s Seoul, Lee Myung-bak’s wife Kim Yoon-ok (left) and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s wife.

Ban Ki-moon's wife.

2012 March 27, South Korea’s Seoul, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s wife attends South Korea’s First Lady dinner.

Nigeria's First Lady.

2012 March 27, South Korea’s Seoul, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife attends South Korea’s First Lady dinner.

South Korea's Kim Yoon-ok and South Africa's First Lady

2012 March 27, South Korea’s Seoul, Lee Myung-bak’s wife Kim Yoon-ok (left) and South African President Jacob Zuma’s wife.

South Korea's Kim Yoon-ok and India's First Lady.

2012 March 27, South Korea’s Seoul, Lee Myung-bak’s wife Kim Yoon-ok (right) and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s wife.

South Korea's Kim Yoon-ok and Gabon's First Lady.

2012 March 27, South Korea’s Seoul, Lee Myung-bak’s wife Kim Yoon-ok (left) and Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba’s wife.

A group photo of various countries' First Ladies in Seoul, South Korea.

2012 March 27, South Korea’s Seoul, the wives of various countries’ leaders attending the summit meeting at the Blue House.

Comments on NetEase:

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黃石精神文明办胡主任 [网易湖北省黄石市手机网友]:

Know what China has progressed in the fastest and has regressed in the most? After serious though, it’s not difficult to figure out: Anything that can be seen on the outside [the superficial] has progressed the fastest, such as roads, skyscrapers, lighting; Anything that you can’t see, has socially regressed the most, such as culture, faith/convictions, morality. When foreigners first arrive in China, they often gasp in admiration, but the longer they live here, the more negative comments they have. For a 5000 year old country to still rely on lies to move forward, it must be said this is a tragedy.

sizechoi [网易山东省青岛市网友]: (responding to above)

China’s intensely proud 5000 years of civilization, completely lost, what you said is very true.

月君 [网易江苏省连云港市手机网友]:

A few days ago there was a poll online. In the end, it was United States former President Bush’s wife Laura who took the top spot. Pretty. Graceful.

打到美狗伪民主 [网易山东省青岛市网友]: (responding to above)

You’re not dead yet?

蔚蓝中华 [网易辽宁省鞍山市网友]: (also responding to 月君)

Everyone’s appreciation of beautiful and ugly is different, but stiff and awkward movements, being rigid is an indisputable fact.

君子不珰 [网易山西省太原市网友]:

Ri Sol-ju is young, pretty, fitting, easy-mannered, and must have many fans in North Korea who worship, emulate, and flatter her.

网易天津市网友 网易天津市网友:

You have to admit,
Fatty Kim III’s Ri Sol-ju is still the youngest and prettiest.

铲平民煮 [网易广西南宁市网友]:

The women of capitalist countries are still more presentable.

黄易华东渠道总监郭兴华 [网易吉林省长春市网友]: (responding to above)

At a foreign heads-of-state gathering, the wives were chatting to a side, and in the flock of birds, was a middle-aged man feeling extremely awkward, who felt if he didn’t say something it would be inappropriate yet also had nothing in common when he did say something. A 250 reporter inquisitively asked: “Excuse me, which country’s head of state are you? Did you stand in the wrong place? These are all first ladies.” The middle-aged man very helplessly said: “Sigh, I am a leader’s family relative. My wife is Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo!”

阿馕死给 [网易新疆喀什市手机网友]:

The Syrian First Lady is pretty!

网易河南省郑州市网友: (responding to above)

But her husband Assad, looks like a grass mud horse, ninth picture.

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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