Xi Jinping was elected General Secretary of the Chinese Communisty Party and Chairman of the Central Military Commission in18th Party Congress in 2012, replacing Hu Jintao as the top leader as the Communist Party. Xi was elected China's president in March 2013. Born in 1953, Xi is son of Xi Zhongxun, a veteran leader of the Party. He graduated from Tsinghua University in 1979 with a degree in engineering.
Low-key approach to anniversary of death of Xi's father
Media outlets took a relatively low-key approach yesterday to commemorating the late Xi Zhongxun, a reformist party leader and the father of President Xi Jinping , on the 11th anniversary of his death.
Many news portals ran an article on their home pages featuring a quote in the headline saying Xi Zhongxun had "never made the mistake of being a leftist in his entire life". The article first appeared in China Newsweek for the 10th anniversary of his death.
Sohu.com featured special coverage under the headline "Xi Zhongxun: carve out a bloody path to reform, never make the mistake of being a leftist". It consisted of a compilation of old articles, photos and videos published in past commemorations.
A news portal run by the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily made the anniversary a "watching point of the day". It ran a February article from the Beijing Daily in which Professor Zhu Yan, of the party school, stressed Xi Zhongxun's interactions with ordinary people.
Xi, a communist revolutionary, was considered one of the more liberal party leaders and was purged several times by Mao Zedong . He was imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution and later played a central role in opening up and Guangdong's experimentation with economic liberalisation as governor of the province.
Mainland-based political commentator Chen Ziming said such coverage was meant to remind Xi Jinping of his father's liberal mindset, especially after a series of left-leaning directives from the party's headquarters and similar remarks by party leaders in recent months.
"Xi Zhongxun is well known for his fights against leftists … and it's a father's lesson to the son," Chen said.