Meet Xi Mingze, new 'princess of China' studying quietly in Harvard

Updated: 18 Nov 2012
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Demure: Xi Mingze has been studying at Harvard under a pseudonym since 2010
 
Demurely dressed in a high-necked jumper on a chilly autumn day, the pretty 20-year-old brunette could be any university student.
But this photograph posted on Facebook shows Xi Mingze, the new 'princess' of China.
 
As the cherished only daughter of China's new president Xi Jinping, Ms Xi, nicknamed Muzi, is being expensively educated in the US, where she has been enrolled under a pseudonym since 2010 at Harvard University, Massachusetts.
 
 
Mr. Xi Jinping became China's new leader last week, and her mother Peng Liyuan is a well known singer. 
 
'She is a bookworm, very quiet and studious,' one of her acquaintances, a Chinese writer, told The Mail on Sunday last night.
 
Though she is said to be protected by bodyguards, she has shunned the party lifestyle of another Chinese 'princeling' at Harvard, Bo Guagua.
 
Mr Bo, whose mother Gu Kailai murdered British businessman Neil Heywood, was renowned at Oxford and Harvard as a playboy.
His politician father, Bo Xilai, faces corruption charges.
 
In contrast, friends of Ms Xi say she devotes herself to her courses, which include political studies. She attended a discussion last spring about the political tumult convulsing China's Communist Party, where she reportedly listened 'intently' from the top row of the lecture hall.
 
Her mother, a flamboyant People's Liberation Army singer, Peng Liyuan, 49, is Mr Xi's second wife.
 
Ms Xi was said to have been sent to America because her father is an admirer of Western culture.
 
Though Mr Xi earns a ministerial salary of just £8,000 a year, it was revealed last week that family relations have an enormous empire that includes a £188 million share in an investment company, and property in Hong Kong worth £35.4 million.
 
SOURCE: Daily Mail
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