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Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, seen here performing in Luoyang, China, in April 2007, is beloved by millions in China, but it's widely expected she will keep fading from public view as Mr. Xi's political star continues to rise. (Associated Press)

Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, seen here performing in Luoyang, China, in April 2007, is beloved by millions in China, but it's widely expected she will keep fading from public view as Mr. Xi's political star continues to rise. (Associated Press)

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