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. 


Who said it?

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

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

Hu Jintao pledges boost for world economy despite China slowdown

Hu Jintao

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

A history of how national education was introduced in Hong Kong

'Occupy Tamar' demonstrators young and old show their colours outside the government headquarters in Admiralty yesterday, maintaining their protest against national education. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

"[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

Who said it?

Cori Crider

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

Hu Jintao assures Taiwan of continued peaceful policy

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

President Hu Jintao's legacy seen as one of stability but stagnation

Premier Wen Jiabao (left) and President Hu Jintao make their way in for an opening session of the annual National People’s Congress in Beijing. Photo: AFP

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 offers assurances over South China Sea as Clinton visits

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday. Clinton said the US-China relationship is strong. Photo: AFP

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

Exclusive: How crash cover-up threatens career of Hu's top aide

The Beijing Evening News report showing a speeding black Ferrari hitting a wall on Beijing's North Fourth Ring Road in the early hours of March 18, 2012.  Photo by Simon Song

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.

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A black Ferrari, a playboy’s death and political fallout for Hu Jintao’s top aide

Ling Jihua has been appointed to lead the party's United Front Work Department, a strong indication that scandals have damaged the rising star's hopes of securing a seat on the powerful Politburo this year.

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

Hu seeks clean power handover with military promotion, sources say

President Hu Jintao. Photo: AP

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

The Golden decade loses its lustre

Wen Jiabao in Guangdong. Photo: Xinhua

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

Beijing Daily publisher demoted over controversial editorials

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

World waits for timetable on Beijing's leadership transition

World waits for timetable on Beijing's leadership transition

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

Paper launches drive to boost party chiefs

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

Jiang 'flexing muscles' via media

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