London: A picture of China's First Lady Peng Liyuan in her younger days singing to troops following bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989 has appeared on Chinese Internet this week.
The photograph shows Peng in uniform with her windswept hair tied back in a ponytail as she sings to rifle-toting troops fresh from a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.
The picture is a stark contrast to the demure international image she has cultivated since her husband, President Xi Jinping, acceded the Chinese leadership at the end of last year.
According to the independent, human rights campaigners claimed that the picture shows that however much of a makeover China's Communist leaders try to pull off, 'this is the same party'.
But despite being picked up internationally, the picture is unlikely to cause much of a stir within China, where Peng is a renowned singer of patriotic odes, and frequently sports military fatigues as she belts out nationalist anthems, the report added.