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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Peng Liyuan
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) operates a large "entertainment corps" known for its extraordinary privilege, unique access to power elites and wasteful extravagance. Now President Xi Jinping is vowing to tighten controls on military entertainers.
Last weekend's summit between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping fell short on three key outcomes, according to U.S. officials familiar with organizational efforts behind the meeting.
At a time when China's economy and society are under considerable strain and the country is embroiled in increasingly tense border disputes with its neighbors, the relatively peaceful once-in-a-decade political transition in Beijing has helped deflect attention from the underlying turbulence in the Chinese system.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is in line to take the country's top post in two years, setting up an unusual scenario: In a system where leaders' families are kept almost invisible, how will the ruling Communist Party handle a first lady who's arguably more famous than her husband?
In a 2001 article, Mrs. Peng said she felt fortunate for having an understanding husband.
"Peng said, 'At that time, I was very moved.