The News Minute | November 12, 2014 | 10:58 pm IST
At the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing, the recently divorced Russian President Vladimir Putin was seen offering the wife of Chinese president Xi Jinping his blanket.
The Chinese media like any other media blew the whole episode out of proportion by categorizing Putin’s chivalrous move to be too forward by Chinese standards.
The video shows Chinese President Xi Jinping engrossed in a conversation with President Obama while Putin exchanges pleasantries with his wife, Peng Liyuan. At the 0:45 second mark Putin politely offers his cashmere jacket and drapes it around the shoulders of the Chinese first lady.
Chinese first lady understood the magnitude of social media tremors a move like this would create and politely removed the jacket after a quick a consultation with her advisors sitting in the back who quickly offered her another jacket.
This move did not go down well the Chinese censorship and the viral hashtags like “Putin Gives Peng Liyuan His Coat” were pulled down from social media platforms. The video was also pulled down from state-run media outlets.