It looks like South Korean President Park Geun-hye is making a good impression on the Chinese public during her first trip to China as President:
Unlike a military delegation sent by North Korea last month that featured aged generals bedecked with medals, Park appeared to get an enthusiastic welcome from her hosts.
“Park Geun-hye visits China” was the most searched financial and economic topic on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.
In response to an interview with Park by state broadcaster CCTV, one microblogger, Christumn, said: “I am already her fan”.
By contrast, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is derided on some Chinese social media sites as “Fatty Kim”.
Stylish and mild mannered, Park arrived with self-taught Mandarin skills, and received a warm welcome from state media for a trip she described as “a journey to deepen the mind and trust” between the two countries.
“The visit, which comes months after both countries saw leadership change, is expected to open a new chapter in bilateral relations,” Xinhua said.
Park is to deliver an address at Tsinghua University, Xi’s alma mater, on Saturday and visit the ancient capital of Xi’an, the site of major South Korean investment, including a $7 billion chip complex by Samsung Electronics. [Reuters]
You can read more at the link, but I did not know that President Park could speak Mandarin. That will surely only further create a good impression on the Chinese public.