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During his Asian trip last week, U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with MBA student Wang Zifei at a town hall meeting at the Museum of Science and Technology in Shanghai on November 16, 2009 – see photo below.

The same attractive woman, who attends Shanghai’s Jiaotong University, happened to sit behind Obama during the event and photographers had a field day, snapping pictures that are now in high demand in China and beyond.

Zifei, who was initially put off by all of the buzz surrounding her identity, has since broken her silence in order to dispel rumors that she was seeking self-promotion by sitting in the prominent seat while wearing the flashy red coat – check it out here.

During his town hall speech before a crowd of 400 college students, Obama spoke about freedom of speech and religion. Zifei can be seen in the background.

View more photos below.