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. 


Japan responds to Hu’s remark to ‘safeguard China’s maritime rights’

Television sets at a store in Wuhan, Hubei province, shows President Hu Jintao. Photo: EPA

Beijing must use its sea power in a “peaceful manner”, Japan said on Thursday, after President Hu Jintao staked a claim for China to become a maritime force.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Hu says Hong Kong well governed

People watch a large screen showing a news broadcast recorded in Beijing during the opening of the 18th Communist Party Congress, in Hong Kong on November 8, 2012. Photo: AFP

President Hu Jintao expressed confidence that Hongkongers feel proud to be Chinese and can govern the city well, in a speech opening the 18th Chinese Communist Party congress in Beijing on Thursday morning.

8 Nov 2012 - 6:43pm 1 comment

Hu urges firm party control, curbs on graft

Chinese President Hu Jintao delivers his address at the opening of the 18th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Preparing to hand over power after a decade in office, President Hu Jintao called on Thursday for sterner measures to combat official corruption that has stoked public anger while urging the Communist Party to maintain firm political control.

8 Nov 2012 - 4:18pm 4 comments

Hu Jintao's 'scientific development' to live on in revised constitution

The preparatory meeting yesterday at the Great Hall of the People for the 18th national congress of the Communist Party. Photo: Xinhua

The Communist Party will incorporate more of general secretary Hu Jintao's pet theory into its revised constitution at its week-long national congress, opening today, in a move to further cement the retiring leader's political legacy.

8 Nov 2012 - 7:53am

City Digest, November 8, 2012

Lips are sealed over troubled beauty clinic

The government could not disclose the name of a Mong Kok beauty clinic and its two staff who were arrested for giving illegal Botox injections for fear that the information may harm the possible legal procedures, the health minister yesterday.

Hu to assess HK's progress at party meet

8 Nov 2012 - 4:15am

China's power elite mix influence and fashion as Mao suits fade out

President Hu Jintao wears his military-green Mao suit only on special occasions. Photo: Xinhua

Voters like to see strong fashion choices from their leaders, and the recent US campaign trail shone a spotlight on style. To attract voters, the American presidential candidates, and their wives, had to show outstanding sartorial taste during the campaign. Sometimes they even had to show off more than just good taste.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Tension over China congress builds as Xi's ascent on track

A preparatory meeting of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua

China’s ruling Communist Party said on Wednesday its highly anticipated congress would last for one week, as it signalled Vice-President Xi Jinping had moved closer to taking the reins of power. The party had not previously said how long the sensitive meeting would last.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hu Jintao leaves behind a mighty yet anxious China

A Chinese paramilitary policeman stands next to a display showing four generations of Chinese leaders, from right, current President Hu Jintao, former President Jiang Zemin, paramount leaders Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong during an exhibition entitled "Scientific Development and Splendid Achievements" on Monday. Photo: AP

Hu Jintao presided over a momentous decade in which China cemented its re-emergence as a global power, became the world’s second-largest economy, and dazzled the world with a glittering Olympic Games.

6 Nov 2012 - 1:46pm 1 comment

Hu Jintao ally Li Zhanshu wins second party post

Li Zhanshu

In a procedural move that nonetheless shores up his rise within the party hierarchy, Li Zhanshu has been appointed to oversee the departments under the Communist Party's Central Committee.

4 Nov 2012 - 4:14am 1 comment

Top headache for China’s new leaders: job creation

Job seekers outside the Foxconn recruitment centre in Shenzhen. Photo: Reuters

The factories that have powered China’s economic miracle are reeling from the global slowdown, presenting the incoming leadership in Beijing with a restless workforce at a defining moment in the country’s growth story.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China’s year of political surprises not over

Xi Jinping, centre, walks between President Hu Jintao, right, and Premier Wen Jiabao during a ceremony in Beijing to mark the Chinese National Day. Photo: EPA

China’s year of political intrigue is likely to spring a few more surprises yet, as the ruling Communist Party tries to pull off a smooth leadership change next month against a backdrop of purges, plots and prison sentences.

26 Oct 2012 - 2:11pm

PLA leadership changes reflect a fine balancing act

Fang Fenghui

The new leadership line-up for the People's Liberation Army's four general departments, officially unveiled yesterday, shows a fine balance of power between China's three most powerful men and its seven military regions.

26 Oct 2012 - 10:44am

Eco-warrior Liu Futang bears brunt of indifference

Retired forestry official and green campaigner Liu Futang.

The trial of veteran environmentalist Liu Futang in Hainan this month came as a cruel reminder of how little China has moved forwards with regard to environmental justice over the past decade.

25 Oct 2012 - 4:42am 1 comment

Communist Party to ease off on 'Mao thought'

Heading for the exit, Wen Jiabao and Hu Jintao. Photo: AP

A crucial document setting the Communist Party's direction for the next five years came to light yesterday after general secretary Hu Jintao convened a meeting of the elite Politburo.

23 Oct 2012 - 3:38pm 4 comments

The rise of Xi Jinping, China's next leader

Illustration: Henry Wong

The era of Xi Jinping is dawning. In less than a month's time, he will succeed Hu Jintao as Communist Party general secretary, marking the climax of the once-a-decade leadership succession. In March he will succeed Hu as president. Xi will then rule the world's most populous nation and its second-largest economy for the coming decade.

23 Oct 2012 - 10:50am 3 comments