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. 


Quickest way to get corrupt officials to change is threat of trial by microblog

The Chinese government pledges to clean up Chinese politics. Photo: AFP

From his speech at the 18th national party congress last month, it was clear that, for outgoing President Hu Jintao, fighting corruption was a priority. President-to-be Xi Jinping also appears to want to tackle the issue head on.

Monday, 31 December, 2012, 3:23am

A bad year for ...

Henry Tang Ying-yen

Henry Tang Ying-yen

30 Dec 2012 - 2:36am

Hu Jintao makes surprise visit to his hometown of Taizhou

Hu Jintao on his first visit to the town of his birth, Taizhou, in over 30 years. Photo: SCMP

Taizhou got a shock from its most famous native son yesterday when the outgoing president, Hu Jintao, made his first visit in more than three decades to the city where he was born and raised.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:54am 1 comment

League of Social Democrats' Avery Ng arrested for July 1 antics

Avery Ng Man-yuen, Vice chairman of League of Social Democrats (LSD). Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The vice-chairman of the League of Social Democrats was arrested yesterday for throwing his T-shirt off a footbridge to catch the attention of President Hu Jintao during his visit on July 1.

23 Dec 2012 - 4:55am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, December 14, 2012

The West Wing has symbolic importance. Photo: David Wong

Risky MPF scheme should be optional

The whole idea of the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme is to enable people to save for retirement.

These are, in effect, old-age savings and if they are lost due to speculation or the volatility of financial markets, then surely that defeats the purpose and logic of the scheme.

14 Dec 2012 - 3:08am

Hu to thank for stronger cross-strait ties

Hu Jintao (right) shakes hands with Xi Jinping as they meet with delegates. Photo: Xinhua

One of President Hu Jintao's greatest achievements during his decade in power has been the creation of a much stronger cross-strait relationship, one that is likely to last even after he gives up his last official post in March.

5 Dec 2012 - 2:20am

Who said it?

Premier Wen Jiabao

For the ideal that I hold dear to my heart, I'd not regret a thousand times to die

Premier Wen Jiabao quoting verses from poet Qu Yuan


At Chelsea, I think another sacking is just like any other day at the office

Former Chelsea soccer boss Andre Villas-Boas on the dismissal of his successor, Roberto Di Matteo


23 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

Xi Jinping's public relations test

Xi Jinping looks like he can create a bond with the people of China.

The months of speculation are mercifully over. Questions of whether there would be nine or seven are now resolved; who is in and who is out is settled. When the new Chinese Communist Party leadership walked before the world's press last week, there was a feeling of anticlimax. If Hu Jintao had wanted to create a process that ended up boring everyone into submission, it worked.

23 Nov 2012 - 1:51pm 1 comment

Hu ally appointed propaganda chief

Liu Qibao has been appointed China's propaganda chief. Photo: Reuters

Liu Qibao, a close ally of President Hu Jintao, has been appointed the country's propaganda chief, with analyst saying they expect he will maintain the hardline press controls of his predecessor.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

Briefs, November 22, 2012

President Hu Jintao met new Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in Beijing yesterday. Hu said China stood ready to work with Russia on bilateral relations and co-operation in key areas, and maintain military ties

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Xi Jinping might be strong reformer China needs - to surprise of the West

Xi Jinping

As soon as Xi Jinping and the six other top Communist Party officials walked into the media limelight at noon on Thursday, many overseas analysts and media organisations immediately labeled China's new leadership line-up as being "conservative" and dominated by the "old guard".

19 Nov 2012 - 10:45am 3 comments

Xi Jinping commands special military commission meeting

Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping at Friday's military commission meeting. Photo: Xinhua

Xi Jinping has shown the world that he is now in charge of the People's Liberation Army - chairing a special meeting of the Communist Party's Central Military Commission (CMC) a day after being put in charge.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:44am

With power shift half done, who's in charge of China?

Xi Jinping and Hu Jintao

Xi Jinping has been anointed China's most powerful man, as head of the Communist Party and the military, but Hu Jintao is still the country's president until March. So who is calling the shots until then?

17 Nov 2012 - 8:12am 4 comments

PLA pledges loyalty to military leader-in-waiting

PLA delegates walk towards the Great Hall of the People during the recent Communist Party Congress held in Beijing. Photo: EPA

The People's Liberation Army has pledged its allegiance to the Communist Party's "newly elected" military chief, Xi Jinping, and shown its respect to fully retired former chief Hu Jintao.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

Jiang Zemin absent from party congress finale

President Hu Jintao with Xi Jinping, his successor as party general secretary and chairman of the Central Military Commission, wave to congress delegates. Photo: Reuters

Former Communist Party general secretary Jiang Zemin did not show up at a gathering on Thursday afternoon at which new party chief Xi Jinping praised his predecessor Hu Jintao for standing down fully from his top party posts.

Jiang, 86, had been in the limelight ahead of the once-a-decade power transfer. It was not clear why Jiang did not attend the gathering.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:18am