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.
There is no point in passing a resolution with no teeth because … Assad will ignore it
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for a tough UN resolution on Syria
Monday, 10 September, 2012, 2:04am
President Hu Jintao yesterday warned of a further slowdown in the Chinese economy and pledged to boost domestic demand to help counter the obstacles hindering a global recovery.
"Economic growth is facing notable downward pressure," Hu said at the Apec summit in Vladivostok. "Some small and medium-sized companies are having a hard time and exporters are facing more difficulties.9 Sep 2012 - 4:06am
"[National education] did not erupt out of a piece of rock all of a sudden," Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on a radio programme last Sunday.9 Sep 2012 - 3:46am
The time has come to account and atone for this mistake
Human rights lawyer Cori Crider, on the alleged secret rendition of a Libyan dissident from Hong Kong to Gaddafi's torture cells
Economic growth is facing notable downward pressure. Some small and medium-sized companies are having a hard time
President Hu Jintao
9 Sep 2012 - 12:36am
President Hu Jintao yesterday assured Lien Chan, Taiwan's envoy to the Apec summit, that Beijing's policies towards Taipei would continue along the current path after his retirement.8 Sep 2012 - 3:50am
It's the beginning of the end for Hu Jintao's decade-long reign over the world's last major communist power, with Beijing preparing for a once-in-a-decade leadership succession in just a few weeks' time.1 Oct 2012 - 1:53pm
China promised on Wednesday to ensure freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton it was willing to work on a code of conduct to manage disputes.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
A scandal over the death of a playboy son in a wrecked black Ferrari is threatening to scupper the career of the president's ally, Ling Jihua, ahead of the 18th party congress.23 Dec 2014 - 3:10pm 7 comments
The crash of a black Ferrari on Beijing’s North Fourth Ring Road involved far more than sex, a fast car and a playboy. It also put the political career of Ling Jihua, President Hu Jintao’s top aide for more than two decades, at stake.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
China’s outgoing President Hu Jintao is angling to promote one of his closest allies to the military’s decision-making body, sources said, in a move that would allow him to maintain an influence over Beijing’s most potent instrument of power.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
On Friday when the Hang Seng index shed 1.3 per cent to close below the 20,000 level and Shanghai shares closed 1 per cent down to end at the lowest close since March 2009, Premier Wen Jiabao landed in Guangdong, one of the mainland's exporting powerhouses, for a two-day inspection.3 Oct 2012 - 3:25pm
The publisher of an ultra-conservative Beijing newspaper has been demoted over a series of controversial editorials in recent months.20 Aug 2012 - 5:31am
As Beijing makes the final preparations for its once-in-a-decade leadership transition, the mainland's massive propaganda machine is getting into gear by eulogising the achievements of the 10-year rule under President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao , while trying to paint a rosier picture for the future.23 Aug 2012 - 9:14am
In a new propaganda blitz, the People's Daily is publishing a series of special reports heaping praise on the economic success of certain regions - a move aimed at helping their party chiefs secure promotion at the next party congress, analysts say.
Ranging from four to eight pages, the reports focus on the progress the regions have made over the past five years.15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm
Former president Jiang Zemin's recent unusual and frequent public appearances show he still wields considerable power over the transition to a new leadership later this year, analysts say.
It also suggests intense horse-trading among factions as they finalise major personnel and policy issues ahead of the 18th party congress.15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm