Xi Jinping was elected General Secretary of the Chinese Communisty Party and Chairman of the Central Military Commission at the 18th Party Congress in 2012, replacing Hu Jintao as the top leader of the Communist Party. Xi was elected President in March 2013. Born in 1953, Xi is the son of Xi Zhongxun, a veteran leader of the Party. He graduated from Tsinghua University in 1979 with a degree in engineering.
Optimistic about Pearl River Delta's bright future
In 1992, Deng Xiaoping with his entourage came south and made an inspection tour of the Pearl River Delta. He liked what he saw and the rest is history.
Hong Kong and Guangdong province joined forces and with the blessing of Deng Xiaoping and the central government, Hong Kong industry moved en masse into the delta.
These days we often hear international traders referring to the delta as China's "workshop to the world".
This year, 20 years later, China's newly elected general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, Xi Jinping, chose Guangdong and the delta as his first inspection tour destination.
He seemed determined to emphasise continuity in China's opening up and reform policy, and its modernisation and innovation drive.
During Deng's time, the Hong Kong factor of transplanting its factories to the delta was crucial to the country's opening up and reforming.
Xi's recently completed visit to Shenzhen and Guangzhou portrays a new era calling for Hong Kong's "soft power" skills and global connections to link up with Guangdong and the delta's large production potential to service the mainland and the global community in what is a win-win situation of mutual benefit.
Earlier this month in the Legislative Council, a motion of no confidence initiated by the democratic camp, accusing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying of being untruthful and lacking in integrity regarding unauthorised structures at his Peak home, was voted down by the pro-government group.
Since taking office five months ago, C.Y. Leung has been working hard to show that he cares for the grass roots and average middle income families.
He has also tackled with determination other issues such as the environment, cross-border relations, and situations where Hong Kong citizens need urgent help.
The democratic camp will in all likelihood continue to harass and attack him in an attempt to force him out of office.
On his part, C.Y. could use the holiday season to focus on drafting his January Legco address regarding his vision for Hong Kong, and on implementing his election manifesto promises to lift Hong Kong people's living standards and their quality of life.
Hilton Cheong-Leen, To Kwa Wan