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. 


China’s military pledges loyalty to new leader Xi

Chinese Communist Party delegates from the People's Liberation Army walk from Tiananmen Square to the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday. Photo: AP

China’s massive military pledged its loyalty to new Communist Party leader Xi Jinping on Friday, while reiterating its mission to follow the party’s “absolute leadership”.

Friday, 16 November, 2012, 6:02pm

Xi Jinping harmonised Hu out of his power acceptance speech yesterday

Hu and his 'scientific concept of development' ideological theory were given zero mentions during the speech, as was Mao Zedong.

16 Nov 2012 - 10:20am

Jiang Zemin faction wins in China's game of thrones

Xi Jinping (centre) is flanked by Wen Jiabao and Hu Jintao, who failed to install allies in several key positions. Photo: AP

In a game between two sides, a win for one is a loss for the other. In the game of party power, most analysts believe former president Jiang Zemin outmanoeuvred his successor, Hu Jintao , in influencing the selection of the next generation of leaders.

16 Nov 2012 - 7:51am 2 comments

Xi Jinping appointed military chief in clean transfer of power

Xi Jinping is appointed chairman of the Central Military Commission on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Vice-President Xi Jinping was on Thursday appointed chief of China’s military after a pivotal party congress that saw him become head of the ruling Communist Party, state media reported.

15 Nov 2012 - 1:22pm

'No objection', vote monitors cry as congress passes key motions

Delegates attended the closing session of the 18th party congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday. Photo: Xinhua

The Great Hall of the People reverberated with 21 resounding "noes" yesterday, the last day of the Communist Party's week-long 18th national congress.

Party general secretary Hu Jintao, presiding over his last party gathering, asked the more than 2,200 delegates to raise their hands to vote for three motions at the closing ceremony.

15 Nov 2012 - 4:49am

Hu Jintao's place in the Communist Party hierarchy

Jiang Zemin packs his things while Hu Jintao gives closing remarks at the 18th CPC National Congress closing ceremony. Photo: Simon Song

What rank will Hu Jintao hold in the Communist Party hierarchy after he stands down as its general secretary? The answer to that will most likely provide some hint about the extent of Hu's residual influence.

15 Nov 2012 - 5:02am

Hu Jintao will step down as military chief today

China's top leaders past and present, senior politicians and their advisors raise their hands as they take a vote at the closing session of the National Congress. Photo: Reuters

President Hu Jintao will officially retire as the military chief today after stepping down from his party leadership post at the end of the Communist Party's week-long 18th national congress yesterday. It clears the way for the first clean transfer of power the party has seen in two decades.

15 Nov 2012 - 7:18am 1 comment

Hu's pet theory made a guiding tenet of party

Hu Jintao casts his ballot during the closing session. Photo: AFP

Communist leaders ended their five-yearly congress yesterday by formally elevating Hu Jintao's pet theory into a guiding party tenet, enshrining the retiring general secretary, at least on paper, as one of modern China's great stewards.

15 Nov 2012 - 7:08am

18th party congress sparks reform countdown

China is at a political crossroads and can't afford to hold back.

President Hu Jintao's work report to the 18th party congress, as expected, responded clearly and positively to the loud calls for reform. China is at a political crossroads and can't afford to hold back.

15 Nov 2012 - 7:32am

Asahi Shimbun: Hu Jintao to give up his Communist Party, state and military posts

The Japanese newspaper quotes sources who say the decisions were made during internal discussions held on November 11, and will end the tradition of the Party's top leader retaining power even after official retirement.

14 Nov 2012 - 8:14am

China's 2020 goal may fail unless core issues are tackled, say analysts

Hu's goal marks a departure.

While Hu Jintao's goal of doubling per capita income by 2020 is seen as a sign Beijing is paying attention to the poor, analysts said achieving it may not narrow the wealth gap if other, deep-rooted problems remain unsolved.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Hu Jintao's delegate reforms get mixed reviews

President Hu Jintao's remarks last week are broadcasted live in Beijing. Photo: AP

Communist Party general secretary Hu Jintao's proposal that delegates to party congresses be allowed to put forward motions is being seen by some analysts as a step towards his goal of intra-party democracy.

13 Nov 2012 - 9:59am 1 comment

Hu's calls on household registration reform face opposition

A family living in Beijing. About 500 million peasants are expected move from the countryside to cities in the next 20 years. Photo: AP

President Hu Jintao’s calls for faster reforms to the out-of-date household registration system face strong resistance from local government officials, the Jinghua Times reported on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Exclusive: Hu Jintao set to step down as military chief

President Hu Jintao

Outgoing President Hu Jintao will formally relinquish his position as military chief at the end of the 18th party congress this week, according to sources. His decision to opt for complete retirement surprised many analysts, who had expected him to keep the top job at the party's Central Military Commission.

12 Nov 2012 - 7:34am 1 comment

Bloggers ridicule congress delegates' sycophantic speeches

A delegate raises his hand to speak at a panel discussion of the Tianjin delegation on Friday. Photo: AFP

Self-important party delegates attending the national congress have become the target of ridicule online on the mainland blogosphere. Some delegates, while discussing a report delivered by party chief Hu Jintao when the congress began on Thursday, were criticised for sycophantic speeches that served to attract attention to themselves, without offering any insight into the country's development.

12 Nov 2012 - 1:36pm