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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. 


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.

Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 8:14am

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

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.

14 Nov 2012 - 5:44am

Hu Jintao's delegate reforms get mixed reviews

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

President Hu Jintao’s calls for faster reforms to the out-of-date household registration system face strong resistance from local government officials, the Jinghua Times reported on Monday.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

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

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

Jiang outmanoeuvres Hu again to sway Standing Committee line-up

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 his protégé, Li Keqiang, not only as a new member of the committee, but also as his successor.

12 Nov 2012 - 2:49pm 3 comments

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'

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