Did Xi Jinping Divorce His Wife To Serve China?!

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Did Chinese President Xi Jinping divorce his wife, Zheng Xiaoling who wanted to migrate to the US, so he can serve China instead?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : Xi Jinping Divorced His Wife, Zheng Xiaoling, To Serve China!

The Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) and pro-CCP netizens are promoting a photo of a beautiful woman called Zheng Xiaoling (鄭曉玲), claiming that she wanted to migrate to the United States.

Instead of following her to the United States, the future Chinese President Xi Jinping chose to divorce her so he can serve China. Here is the viral message in Chinese, as well as our rough translation (thanks Yuh Hui and Chai!):





Her name is Zheng Xiaoling.

Years ago, due to her preference to live in the West, she divorced her husband who chose to stay back in China to serve the country.

She is currently now in US and her ex-husband is Xi Jin Ping.

Here is the English version that is also circulating.

Her name is Cheng Siow Ling.

Years ago, due to her preference to live in the West, she divorced her husband who chose to stay back in China to serve the country. His name is Xi Jin Ping.

Did Xi Jinping Divorce His Wife To Serve China?!


Xi Jinping Did Not Divorce His Wife, Zheng Xiaoling, To Serve China!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and pro-CCP netizens, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : That Is South Korean Actress Choi Jin-sil

The photo that has gone viral in Chinese and pro-CCP groups is not a photo of a woman called Zheng Xiaoling (鄭曉玲), or as some call her, Cheng Siow Ling.

That is a photo of a famous South Korean actress called Choi Jin-sil, who sadly committed suicide on October 2, 2008.

Nicknamed “The Nation’s Actress”, Choi Jin-sil has never migrated to the United States. Instead, she became a TV actress in South Korea in 1998, and moved on to play leading roles in movies like My Love, My Bride (1990) and Jealousy (1982).

Fact #2 : Choi Jin-sil Is Much Younger Than Xi Jinping

Choi Jin-sil was born on December 24, 1968, while Xi Jinping was born on June 15, 1953 – a 15 year gap.

I mention this because Choi Jin-sil was still in primary / elementary school when Xi Jinping married his first wife in 1979!

In fact, Choi Jin-sil would have been only 11 years old when Xi Jinping married her in 1979! Can you see how ludicrous this viral claim is?

Fact #3 : Choi Jin-sil Married Cho Sung-min

Not only was it impossible for Xi Jinping to have married a preteen Choi Jin-sil, there is no evidence he ever met the Korean actress!

In the year 2000, Choi Jin-sil married Cho Sung-min – a professional baseball player with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. She gave birth to their two children – a son, Hwan-Hee in 2001, and a daughter, Joon-Hee in 2003.

She would divorce Cho in September 2004, and she eventually won sole custody of their two children.

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Fact #4 : Xi Jinping’s Ex-Wife Is Ke Lingling

Xi Jinping’s ex-wife is not Zheng Xiaoling, but Ke Lingling (柯玲玲) – the younger daughter of former diplomat Ke Hua. Born in 1951, she is also known as Ke Xiaoming (柯小明).

Their 1979 marriage ended in a divorce in 1982. Xi Jinping would later marry his second wife, Peng Liyuan – a famous singer, five years later in Xiamen, Fujian in 1987.

Fact #5 : Xi Jinping’s Ex-Wife Migrated To The UK

The claim that Xi Jinping refused to migrate to the United States with his former wife is also false.

After marrying Xi Jinping in 1979, Ke Lingling found that their life philosophies differed. She favoured Western values, and wanted to move to the United Kingdom, where her father was serving as the Chinese ambassador.

However, Xi Jinping refused to accompany his wife, as he wanted to pursue a career as a senior Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official.

They divorced in 1982, after just three years of marriage, and Ke Lingling finally migrated to the UK. She would later claim that the divorce was partly caused by her former husband’s ambition.

Did Xi Jinping Divorce His Wife To Serve China?!

Fact #5 : This Is Just Chinese Propaganda

This appears to be yet another example of Chinese propaganda created by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), or pro-CCP netizens.

Here are the other wumao articles and videos that I looked at so far:

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