Born in 1942 and Chinese president since 2003, Anhui native Hu Jintao had been posted to Gansu, Guizhou and Tibet during his climb up the party ranks, and first became a member of the Politburo’s standing committee in 1992. He graduated from Tsinghua University in 1964 with a degree in engineering. The Communist Youth League is known to be a staunch supporter of Hu. He retired as General Secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee and Chairman of the Party's Central Military Commission during the 18th Party Congress in November 2012, and expected to handover presidency of the PRC to Xi Jinping in the spring of 2013.
City Digest, November 8, 2012
Lips are sealed over troubled beauty clinic
The government could not disclose the name of a Mong Kok beauty clinic and its two staff who were arrested for giving illegal Botox injections for fear that the information may harm the possible legal procedures, the health minister yesterday.
Hu to assess HK's progress at party meet
President Hu Jintao will evaluate Hong Kong's performance over the past five years during the Communist Party's 18th national congress, which starts today, Li Gang , deputy director of the central government's liaison office, said. Li also said the party's leadership change would not affect policy on Hong Kong.
Population body admits new members
The government's steering committee on population policy has admitted 11 non-official members. One of them, Council of Social Service chief executive Christine Fang Meng-sang, hailed the decision.
Businessman sues actress over 'slander'
Actress Li Choi-wah is being sued for defamation by the chairman of listed firm Universe International Holdings. Daneil Lam Shiu-ming said Li made slanderous statements against him at a charity event last week. He is seeking unspecified damages and an injunction.