Xi Mingze. (Internet photo)
Xi Mingze, the daughter of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, is currently studying at Harvard University in the United States.
She was born on June 27, 1992 to Xi's second wife, Peng Liyuan, a well-known folk singer and a civilian member of the People's Liberation Army. She is reportedly guarded by Chinese bodyguards 24 hours a day, while the FBI also has agents secretly assigned to protect her.
Xi belongs to the youngest generation of China's "red nobility," the descendants of illustrious revolutionary leaders. Her grandfather, the former state councilor Xi Zhongxun, gave her the nickname Xiao Muzi, designating her as an innocent and decent person who is useful to society. Xi Mingze is reputed to be a low-key and easy-going girl, who counts reading and fashion among her hobbies.
Xi was studying translation at Hangzhou Foreign Language School in 2009 before she transferred to Harvard in May 2010.
In 2008, when performing and paying her condolences in the area devastated by the Sichuan earthquake, Peng Liyuan told media that her then-16-year-old daughter went to Hanwang, one of the worst affected areas, to serve as a volunteer for seven days.
Peng said her daughter asked her schoolteacher for a leave of absence and went to Hanwang's Dongqi primary school, where she spent a week assisting relief efforts and caring for injured survivors. At that time, Peng was asked, "Your daughter is only 16, for a girl as young as her to serve as a volunteer in a disaster zone, don't you worry about her?"
Her mother replied, "As the earthquake claimed so many lives and triggered such a big disaster, my daughter should go to the frontline to help. During seven days as a volunteer, she worked hard and never complained. She learned a lot and also made lots of local friends. She said people in Sichuan are nice, strong and kind."
Xi Mingze 習明澤
Peng Liyuan 彭麗媛
Xi Jingping 習近平
Xi Zhongxun 習仲勳