Political wives have been viewed suspiciously in China ever since Jiang Qing (seen here), the widow of Mao Zedong, promoted his most radical policies, took part in purging opponents and ultimately made a grab for power. She was arrested and imprisoned after his death in 1976. (Associated Press)

Political wives have been viewed suspiciously in China ever since Jiang Qing (seen here), the widow of Mao Zedong, promoted his most radical policies, took part in purging opponents and ultimately made a grab for power. She was arrested and imprisoned after his death in 1976. (Associated Press)