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.
Timeline: Xi Jinping's activities over the last three weeks
August 24, 2012
Xi Jinping comments at a working conference on a party building ahead of the CPC’s 18th National Congress.
August 29, 2012
Xi Jinping visits an exhibition for a political campaign before a final meeting for the campaign in Beijing.
August 30, 2012
Xi Jinping and other mainland top officials hold meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
August 31, 2012
Xi Jinping attends a reception to celebrate the 20th anniversary of China establishing diplomatic ties with the Republic of Korea (ROK).
September 1, 2012.
Xi Jinping, president of the Party School of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, addresses its opening ceremony during the autumn semester in Beijing.
September 5, 2012
Xi cancels his scheduled meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The foreign ministry says at its regular briefing the cancellation of the Clinton meeting was a “normal adjustment of the itinerary.”
September 8, 2012
Xi is absent, according to an official account, from an emergency meeting of the Central Military Commission, to discuss how the army will respond to earthquakes in Yunnan province.
September 10, 2012
Xi cancels a meeting with Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
September 13, 2012
Xi joins other top officials in expressing condolences to the family of a veteran Communist Party official who died a week earlier, the official Guangxi Daily reports. The report didn’t say when Xi sent his condolences and didn’t quote him or include a picture of him.
September 14, 2012
Reuters reports that Xi Jinping could make a public appearance as early as Saturday as he recovers from a bad back, cited from sources.
September 15, 2012
Xi Jinping re-appears in public, attending an activity to mark this year’s National Science Popularisation Day at the China Agricultural University.