Song Zuying is notorious for being the mistress of Jiang Zemin. Song was originally an ordinary girl born in a poor ethnic Xiangxi Miao household. By chance, she was selected by the Central Nationalities University Department of music and dance.
At the 1991 CCTV Spring Festival concert, she was fancied by Jiang, who was then head of state and chairman and commander of the military forces. He is 40 years senior to her. Jiang, who at the time was the Party chief of the Communist Party of China and the Chairman of the Military Commission, transferred her to the Chorus of the General Political Department of the People’s Liberation Army, where she became a major literary officer.
Once, after a performance, Jiang shook hands with Song and secretly handed Song a note. The note said: “From now on, if you need help with anything, then just ask your older brother. Your older brother can help you with anything”. The note was subsequently revealed by Song herself.
Song had access to the Zhongnanhai compound with her special permit known as the “Red ID Card”. This was discovered one day by a fellow singer who found the “Red ID Card” of Zhongnanhai in Song’s glove box.
Jiang spent taxpayer’s money to build a grand music hall in Beijing just to make Song happy, so that she could perform and hold her personal singing concerts. When Song was in Australia for a performance, Jiang allocated tens of millions of Chinese yuan to the Navy Performance Troops (where Song was serving) in support.
Strangest of all, Song was a folk singer. Her folk songs required Chinese musical instruments as accompaniment, as well as a Chinese choir, yet her concert in Sydney was accompanied by foreigners using Western instruments.
China’s state run media, the Xinhua news agency, announced on Dec 13, 2001 that construction of the National Centre for the Performing Arts had commenced. It is located on the west side of Beijing’s Great Hall of the People and covers an area of 118,900 square metres, with a total construction area of 149,500 square metres.
The construction began in December 2001 and the first performance was held in December 2007. The whole project cost a total of 3.8 billion yuan, which is enough to educate 5 million students. Being the mistress of the Party chief of the Communist Party of China proved to be very beneficial to Song Zuying.
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