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She is loved in China, so can ex-Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos play peacemaker?

A file photo from Sept 27, 1974, showing Chinese leader Mao Zedong meeting then Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos. PHOTO: EVERYDAY LIFE IN MAO'S CHINA
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MANILA - For all her surfeit of shoes, former Philippine first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos is fondly remembered by millions of Chinese as an ultimate diplomat who captivated Chairman Mao Zedong and what was then an isolated and impoverished nation with her beauty, charm and elegance when she visited in 1974.

Accompanied by her only son, Mr Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, the incumbent president of the Philippines, the 10-day historic trip produced the iconic photo of Mao kissing her hand and paved the way for the normalisation of bilateral relations the following year.

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