Jasmine Li attends a ball at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris, 2009. (Internet photo)
Netizens in China have raised questions over Jasmine Li — granddaughter of Jia Qinglin, the fourth-ranking member of the powerful Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party — and her acceptance to Stanford University in the United States.
Jia Qinglin's daughter Jia Qiang married a renowned entrepreneur in China, Li Botan. Jia Qiang is said to be a lawyer, but so far no one has been able to confirm the suggestion. Li, meanwhile, is chairman of the Beijing Hospitality Institute.
While students who get accepted to top universities usually boast high standardized test scores, Jasmine Li's reportedly unimpressive performance has led internet users in China to believe that she was admitted to Stanford merely because of her connections to power.
In 2009, Jasmine Li, then 17 years old, attended a ball at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris, along with another 23 young women whose parents or grandparents are celebrities.
In attendance were Chinese jewelry designer Baobao Wan, granddaughter of Wan Li, former chairman of China's National People's Congress; Ariel Ho-Kjaer, granddaughter of Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho; Francesca Eastwood, daughter of American film star Clint Eastwood, and Virginia Tournon, daughter of Italian author Benedetta Cibrario.
Jasmine Li 李紫丹
Jia Qinglin 賈慶林
Jia Qiang 賈薔
Li Botan 李伯潭
Beijing Hospitality Institute 中瑞酒店管理學院
Baobao Wan 萬寶寶
Stanley Ho 何鴻燊