President Xi Jinping’s outfit during the white-tie dinner hosted by Willem Alexander, King of the Netherlands, has earned him a whirlwind of approval from Chinese netizens.
Sporting a tailor-made Zhongshan suit on Sunday night, China’s leader has been met with widespread acclaim with netizens praising the choice as a tip of the hat to China’s cultural past as well as an exhibition of the leader’s optimism and openness to the world.
The Zhongshan suit (also commonly known as the Mao suit) finds its origins in the republic movement of China (as it is named after Sun Yat-Sen) and is seen as a symbol of Eastern distinctiveness as a counterpart to the Western suit.
Forget Free Trade Agreements and online CPC promotions, Xi Jinping’s latest sartorial decision is practically oozing soft power and could be his best political move yet, winning over the crowds (at least within China). Could the babin’ First Lady who has been labeled China’s own Jackie O have anything to do with his apparent new found chic?
Watch out, Peng, your fashion rivals may not be so few and far between.
By Mandy Liang