- The Washington Times - Monday, November 3, 2003

BEIJING — In a sign of the ever closer relations between power and money in the new China, the daughter of its communist president, Hu Jintao, was reported last weekend to have married one of its new millionaire Internet tycoons.

Hu Haiqing, 33, married Mao Daolin — no relation to Mao Tse-tung — in Hawaii, according to the Asian Wall Street Journal.

The marriage was kept secret, in line with the normal practice of the leadership to reveal as little of their family lives as possible.

The match may be something of an embarrassment to Mr. Hu. While “princelings,” as the children of top communists have become known, have become notorious for doing well in both politics and business, he has made a virtual manifesto of calls for “modest and prudent” lifestyles.

Mrs. Hu is one of the president’s two children with his wife, Liu Yongqing.

Chinese Web sites report that Mrs. Hu studied for eight years in the United States, living under a pseudonym, and that she applied unsuccessfully for a green card.

If true, she would not be the first princeling to have studied at capitalism’s heart. Deng Zhifang, the youngest son of the former paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, studied at the University of Rochester and his son is a U.S. citizen.

Mr. Mao himself received a master’s degree at Stanford University. Also known by his Western name Daniel, he used to be chief executive of Sina.com, one of three Internet companies that dominates China. He remains on the board and his net worth has been put at $61 million.