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.
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.Saturday, 17 November, 2012, 4:18am
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”.16 Nov 2012 - 6:02pm
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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