Xi Jinping a warm family man, avid sports fan: Reports

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Chichen Itza archaeological site in Mexico's Yucatan state in 2013. Details about Mr Xi's marriage were revealed in two articles in Chinese state media.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Chichen Itza archaeological site in Mexico's Yucatan state in 2013. Details about Mr Xi's marriage were revealed in two articles in Chinese state media.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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

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

The 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, and an avid sports fan who swims 1km daily.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 18, 2019, with the headline 'Xi a warm family man, avid sports fan: Reports'. Print Edition | Subscribe