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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. 


Letters to the Editor, December 14, 2012

Risky MPF scheme should be optional

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

Friday, 14 December, 2012, 3:08am

Hu to thank for stronger cross-strait ties

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?

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

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, 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

22 Nov 2012 - 4:42am

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

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

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 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

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