Hu Jintao

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. 


Retired president Hu Jintao makes rare public appearance in Hunan

Retired leader Hu Jintao visits Yuelu Academy. Photo: SCMP

Former president Hu Jintao arrived at Hunan University at about 10am and visited several historic institutions on the campus, including the Yuelu Academy, founded in AD976 and one of the four most prestigious academies in ancient China.

Thursday, 10 April, 2014, 5:21pm 1 comment

Spanish court demands answers from Hu Jintao on Tibetan genocide allegations

Ismael Moreno (inset), a Spanish judge, and Former Chinese president Hu Jintao. Photos: AFP, SCMP Pictures

A Spanish judge has submitted 48 questions to former Chinese president Hu Jintao, giving him the chance to respond to charges of genocide brought against him by two Tibetan exile groups and a Tibetan high priest with Spanish citizenship.

25 Feb 2014 - 2:28pm 5 comments

Spain orders arrest of China’s ex-president Jiang Zemin

Former president Jiang Zemin. Photo: AFP

A Spanish court on Tuesday issued an international arrest warrant for China’s ex-president Jiang Zemin in a case brought by activists alleging that Chinese forces committed genocide in Tibet.

20 Nov 2013 - 11:56am 25 comments

China hits out at Spain court over Tibet case

The man at the centre of the case: Hu Jintao. Photo: AFP

"Tibet is an inseparable part of China," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing, adding the region's affairs are a Chinese "domestic" matter.

12 Oct 2013 - 5:49am 5 comments

Spanish court indicts China's ex-president Hu Jintao on genocide charges

Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping in an archive photo. Photo: Simon Song

Spain’s National Court has agreed to hear charges of genocide against former Chinese President Hu Jintao.

On Thursday, the court’s criminal division ruled in favour of an appeal by Tibetan exile groups allowing the indictment of Hu, a request which had been dismissed in June by the same court.

11 Oct 2013 - 4:23pm 30 comments

Social media records rare public appearance of former president Hu Jintao

Hu seen in Huangshan on Thursday in a photo shared on Sina Weibo.

When former President Hu Jintao inspected an ancestral family home this week, state media failed to cover a rare appearance of the man who led China for the last decade. But his visit was reported by social media.

13 Sep 2013 - 10:03pm

Has Hu Jintao's son been appointed deputy party secretary of Jiaxing?

Hu Haifeng (right)appears in a clip by  Zhejiang Satellite TV. Photo: screenshot via Weibo

Chinese media reports suggest Hu Haifeng, the son of China’s ex-President Hu Jintao, might have been appointed deputy party secretary of Jiaxing, a prefectural-level city in Zhejiang province.

25 May 2013 - 4:13pm

Learn from the West on how to curb graft

President Xi Jinping said studying China's anti-corruption history and learning from the ancient anti-corruption culture would help promote the cause by using historical wisdom. Photo: AFP

Bao Zheng, a magistrate in Kaifeng, the capital of the Northern Song dynasty more than 1,000 years ago, has been immortalised in Chinese dramas and operas as a symbol of justice and the best known example of an honest and upright official throughout Chinese history.

22 Apr 2013 - 6:07am 4 comments

Shenzhen builds canopy to protect tree planted by ex-president Hu Jintao

The laurel tree which has received special care in Shenzhen and sparked discussion online. Photo: Weibo/SCMP pictures

Backpackers and homeless people in Shenzhen might now consider sleeping under a laurel tree in the city’s Lianhuashan Park.

After all, it’s sheltered, has a great view and is free.

15 Mar 2013 - 4:46pm

Xi Jinping completes rapid transfer of power

Hu Jintao (left) shakes hands with his successor as president Xi Jinping, also head of the Central Military Commission. Photo: Reuters

Xi Jinping's formal election as new president yesterday saw him assume full control over the Communist Party, the state and the armed forces in a swift and orderly transfer of power from predecessor Hu Jintao.

15 Mar 2013 - 5:10am

Hu remains an enigma as he hands over power to Xi

Outgoing President Hu Jintao (right) arrives at the NPC session with his successor, Xi Jinping. Photo: AP

Hu Jintao maintained his poker face and remained an enigma to many on the last day in power yesterday as he handed over his last two top posts - state president and head of the state's Central Military Commission - to Xi Jinping.

15 Mar 2013 - 4:19am

Hu Jintao aide pays price for fatal Ferrari crash scandal

Ling Jihua

The former top aide to outgoing President Hu Jintao scraped through to vice-chairmanship of the nation's top political advisory body yesterday with the lowest number of votes, after his career was hit by a scandal over the cover-up of his son's death in a Ferrari crash in Beijing last March.

12 Mar 2013 - 10:03am 4 comments

KMT envoy Lien set for talks with Xi in Beijing

Lien Chan

Taiwanese politicians and pundits see the meeting, to be followed by another on Tuesday with outgoing President Hu Jintao, as highly significant given that Xi succeeds Hu as state leader next month.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:59am

How rise and falls in rankings reveal true picture

Jiang Zemin. Photo: AP

For keen China watchers reading the tea leaves of opaque mainland politics, the most interesting news item of last week came on Monday.

28 Jan 2013 - 12:53pm 1 comment

Praise for President Hu Jintao's 'common touch' in visit to hometown

Hu Jintao holds an umbrella for a village official while visiting Yancheng, Jiangsu. Photo: SCMP

Pictures showing the usually stiff and expressionless President Hu Jintao making simple gestures of compassion while visiting his home area last week have won praise among a mainland public increasingly tired of entitled official behaviour.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am