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