Having lived and worked in China, I tend to agree with Jia Ling’s comments. It seems that marriage is extremely important to Chinese women (see also:“the leftover woman” or 剩女 phenomenon). His gesture might be seen as supportive of her rather than stealing her limelight — supportive pursuant to current, modern Chinese cultural conditions.
Should we check our Western notions at the door? Or are our Western notions sometimes universal? Are current Chinese cultural conditions sufficiently feminist by Chinese or Western rubrics? I don’t know…. I’m a white guy and probably out of my depth already.