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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. 


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Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

China’s year of political surprises not over

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26 Oct 2012 - 2:11pm

PLA leadership changes reflect a fine balancing act

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26 Oct 2012 - 10:44am

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25 Oct 2012 - 4:42am 1 comment

Communist Party to ease off on 'Mao thought'

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

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23 Oct 2012 - 10:50am 3 comments

Cross-strait relations nearing 'deep water zone'

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18 Oct 2012 - 7:22am

Air force commander Xu Qiliang looks set for elevation

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16 Oct 2012 - 8:55am

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

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