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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. 

 

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.

Tuesday, 23 October, 2012, 10:50am 3 comments

Cross-strait relations nearing 'deep water zone'

Mainlanders wait for coaches outside The Grand Hotel in Taipei. More than 4.14 million mainlanders have visited the island since Taipei allowed travel in 2008, which has added HK$56 billion to the Taiwan economy. Photo: Felix Wong

The frosty wind that blew across the Taiwan Strait for decades has warmed considerably in recent years as both Beijing and Taipei focused on areas of agreement rather than dispute.

18 Oct 2012 - 7:22am

Air force commander Xu Qiliang looks set for elevation

Xu Qiliang, then deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, arrives at the venue of military exercises in Kulyab, Tajikistan, in this Sept. 22, 2006 file photo. Photo: AP

The youngest member of the Central Military Commission (CMC), 62-year-old PLA air force commander General Xu Qiliang , is a front runner to become one of the commission's two professional vice-chairmen next month.

16 Oct 2012 - 8:55am

Wang Huning, often seen at the side of two presidents

Wang Huning, often seen at the side of two presidents

Whether Hu Jintao is visiting farmers in remote villages or meeting heads of state, Wang Huning is usually by the president's side.

11 Oct 2012 - 10:03am

‘Little Hu’ of Inner Mongolia may play big role in China’s political future

Hu Chunhua, Inner Mongolia’s Communist Party boss and an ally of Hu Jintao, is seen as destined for bigger things. Photo: Simon Song

On the remote grasslands of northeastern China, a politician little known in the West has made a name for himself as a rising leader. Hu Chunhua is already talked of by some as a future president.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China must reform or risk crisis, experts warn Xi Jinping

Vice-President Xi Jinping (centre) is flanked by President Hu Jintao (right) and Premier Wen Jiabao at a National Day celebration last week. Photo: EPA

China risks economic malaise, deepening unrest and ultimately even a crisis that could shake the Communist Party’s grip on power unless its next leader, Xi Jinping, pushes through stalled reforms, experts close to the government have warned.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Former China president Jiang Zemin played key role in punishing Bo Xilai, say analysts

Former president Jiang Zemin. Photo: Reuters

Jiang Zemin is believed to have played a key role in Beijing's decision last week to bring the hammer down on Bo Xilai - the latest demonstration of the former president's political clout ahead of the once-a-decade leadership succession.

3 Oct 2012 - 1:15pm 2 comments

Reflections: disappearing acts

Reflections: disappearing acts

Vice-President Xi Jinping, the presumed heir of President Hu Jintao, vanished from public view for two weeks this month, and his meetings with several foreign leaders were cancelled. 

4 Oct 2012 - 11:55am

Beijing party boss Guo Jinlong a populist politician who's star is rising

Illustration: Henry Wong

Guo Jinlong, a shrewd political survivor and former athlete, found himself in the eye of a storm within days of his appointment as Beijing party chief in early July.

1 Oct 2012 - 2:52pm

Hu Jintao likely to remain military chief, says Tung Chee-hwa

Chinese President Hu Jintao. Photo: Xinhua

President Hu Jintao is likely to remain chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) after this year's Communist Party congress, which will see China's new leadership team named, former Hong Kong chief executive Tung Chee-hwa said.

20 Sep 2012 - 3:20am

Rise of China's military and economic power leaves rest of world wary

President Hu Jintao plants a tree in Nairobi, with the help of the head of the UN Habitat Programme, Anna Tibaijuka. Hu was on a two-day state visit to Kenya at the time, in April 2006. Photo: AFP

When President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao took power 10 years ago, China was still new to the world stage, trying to re-establish itself after a decade-long diplomatic stalemate.

1 Oct 2012 - 1:51pm 1 comment

Hu Jintao expects Taiwan ties to remain unchanged

Taiwan’s former vice-president, Lien Chan, meets with Hu Jintao at the Apec forum in Vladivostok, Russia, last week. Photo: AFP

President Hu Jintao expects ties with Taiwan to remain the same despite an imminent, once-in-a-decade leadership change in Beijing, a top Taiwanese politician said on Wednesday.

Taiwan’s former vice-president, Lien Chan, made the comments after meeting Hu at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum in Vladivostok last week.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

A missing Xi theory you haven't heard yet

Hong Kong-based internet activist and journalist Wen Yunchao is now trying his hand at (he says) speculative short fiction:

12 Sep 2012 - 12:20pm 1 comment

Hu Jintao lacklustre at Apec summit in Vladivostok

Hu Jintao's trip to Vladivostok was supposed to have triumphantly affirmed his legacy. Photo: AFP

Dogged by domestic woes and diplomatic disputes, President Hu Jintao's trip to Vladivostok seemed more like a lacklustre swansong than the triumphant affirmation of his legacy it was supposed to be.

11 Sep 2012 - 3:42am

Hu warns Japan over planned purchase of Diaoyu islands

Chinese President Hu Jintao. Photo: Xinhua

President Hu Jintao talked for 15 minutes with the Japanese prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, yesterday in their first meeting since bilateral ties deteriorated because of an escalating row over a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea.

10 Sep 2012 - 2:50pm