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. 


Jiang outmanoeuvres Hu again to sway Standing Committee line-up

Crafty elder Jiang (right) outwits Hu yet again. Photo: Xinhua

About five years ago, when incumbent and retired Chinese leaders began discussing the line-up of the new Politburo Standing Committee ahead of the Communist Party's 17th national congress, there was intense speculation that President Hu Jintao was manoeuvring to promote h

Monday, 12 November, 2012, 2:49pm 3 comments

Xi Jinping lavishes praise on Hu Jintao for his 'clear direction'

Xi Jinping lavishes praise on Hu Jintao for his 'clear direction'

Xi Jinping, who is set to take over the Communist Party leadership from general secretary Hu Jintao , has lauded the "clear direction" Hu provided for the party's future.

10 Nov 2012 - 4:43am

Hu Jintao's speech 'puts successors in straitjacket'

Hu Jintao delivers his address at the congress. Photo: AFP

Party Secretary Hu Jintao's failure to provide a departing vision for political reform has put severe limitations on his successors, who must cope with any crises that may arise from political stagnation, analysts say.

10 Nov 2012 - 4:43am

State-owned enterprises welcome Hu Jintao's backing

State-owned enterprises (SOEs) have cheered the importance given to the sector in Communist Party chief Hu Jintao's keynote speech to the party's 18th national congress on Thursday, which looks to have ensured their dominance of the world's second-largest economy continues for the next five years.

10 Nov 2012 - 4:43am

Party leaders pay lip service to tackling corruption

Same old story

The warning by Communist Party general secretary Hu Jintao on Thursday that the party's failure to tackle graft could result in the "fall of the state and party" may have sounded severe - but he was only repeating something that his predecessors have been warning about for years.

10 Nov 2012 - 7:52am 3 comments

It is hard to give up all the joy that a monopoly brings

Hu Jintao has called for a wider distribution of the wealth generated by state-owned businesses.

Political bickering nowadays in China is all about interest, not about ideology. No interest can be more tangible than money. So don't be surprised to see a conservative-dominated leadership this week.

By conservative, I am not referring to the political left but agents of the political seniors who have benefited a lot from the existing system.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am 4 comments

Who said it?

President Hu Jintao

[China will] unwaveringly consolidate and develop public ownership

President Hu Jintao signals state-owned enterprises will continue to dominate China's economy


Mr Loughner, you may have put a bullet through her head, but you haven't put a dent in her spirit

10 Nov 2012 - 12:56am

China signals more active role in world affairs

Chinese policemen stand guard near a screen showing a live broadcasting of Chinese President Hu Jintao's remarks at the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress, in Beijing, on Thursday. Photo: AP

China’s four-point plan for Syria is a rare foray into international mediation for the rising power, a sign that Beijing’s increasingly global economic interests can trump its traditional hands-off diplomacy.

9 Nov 2012 - 5:41pm

Hu Jintao sets target of doubling incomes by 2020

The Communist Party aims to double average household incomes on the mainland by 2020.

The Communist Party aims to double average household incomes on the mainland by 2020, party chief Hu Jintao said yesterday at the opening of a pivotal party congress that will usher in a new generation of leaders.

He insisted the party's firm political control was the key to achieving that target.

9 Nov 2012 - 12:25pm 1 comment

Hu appeals to Hong Kong's sense of identity in response to anti-mainland gripes

President Hu Jintao

In an apparent response to growing anti-mainland sentiment in the city, President Hu Jintao expressed confidence Hongkongers would have a shared sense of pride in being Chinese, with the remarks being described as a "rare" move.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:44am 10 comments

Hu Jintao warns graft threatens existence of party and nation

Bo Xilai

General Secretary Hu Jintao yesterday warned his ruling Communist Party that corruption threatens its very existence, and that of the nation itself, in his opening address to a congress that will formally decide the mainland's next leaders.

9 Nov 2012 - 12:26pm 2 comments

Hu Jintao aims to boost cultural strength

Communist Party general secretary Hu Jintao highlighted the need for China to become a global cultural power - matching its rising economic clout - in his report to the party's 18th national congress yesterday.

"Cultural strength and competitiveness symbolise a country's economic strength and its national revitalisation," he said.

9 Nov 2012 - 4:11am

Only reform can ensure progress for China

Hu Jintao can rightly be proud of the benefits brought by policies he spearheaded.

Hu Jintao's swansong speech as head of the Chinese Communist Party was bound to set out a grand vision and be optimistic. At the opening of the 18th national congress yesterday, the nation's future direction and his legacy were on his mind, leading to a focus on achievements and failings, targets and challenges.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:14am

Hu betrays muddled thinking about China's economic future

Having cash is what counts

It's probably just as well that Hu Jintao will soon be stepping down as president of China, because in his address to the party faithful yesterday, he sounded badly confused about the country's economy.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am 4 comments

China should become ‘maritime power’, Hu Jintao says

President Hu Jintao inspects the navy on aircraft carrier Liaoning at a naval base in Dalian in September. Photo: AP

China on Thursday stressed its intention to become a “maritime power” in line with its economic clout, as US President Barack Obama prepares to return to Asia amid regional anxiety at Beijing’s rise.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am