Chinese state media reveals softer side of President Xi Jinping

State media gives rare glimpse into his private life in effort to boost Chinese leader's image

In a photo taken on July 7, 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan pose on the red carpet as they attend to a concert at the 'Elbphilharmonie' as part of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
In a photo taken on July 7, 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan pose on the red carpet as they attend to a concert at the 'Elbphilharmonie' as part of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BEIJING - He could be inspecting troops, staring down foreign visitors across a long table, or instructing party cadres and officials. China's top leader Xi Jinping is often depicted as a leader who rules with an iron fist.

Chinese media, however, has recently painted another picture of the man, saying that behind the scenes he is a loving husband who calls his wife every night, is an avid sports fan and swims 1,000m daily.

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