Fashion diplomacy, China style

Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan exudes mature confidence in her style choices while in Europe, paying subtle tribute to host countries

Ms Peng Liyuan wearing a lilac belted shawl lapel coat (right) when she stepped off the plane in Rome and in a camel coat (left) with a similar silhouette when visiting Palazzo Colonna.
Ms Peng Liyuan wearing a lilac belted shawl lapel coat (right) when she stepped off the plane in Rome and in a camel coat (left) with a similar silhouette when visiting Palazzo Colonna.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EPA-EFE, REUTERS

Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent European tour was no doubt a successful one to promote China's Belt and Road Initiative - an ambitious plan to create modern ground and naval trade routes along the lines of the historic Silk Road.

The wardrobe of his wife, Ms Peng Liyuan, perhaps contributed to China's soft diplomacy arsenal as she paid subtle tribute to host countries.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2019, with the headline 'Fashion diplomacy, China style'. Subscribe