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. 


Talks plot path for next decade

Incumbent and retired party chiefs are meeting to finalise decisions on the new leadership line-up ahead of the 18th party congress.

Wednesday, 25 July, 2012, 12:00am

'Soft power' helps safeguard trade

As China continues its economic courting of Africa, Beijing has quietly been flexing its soft power, attempting to rebrand its image through closer ties with African media and a wider presence on the continent.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Tone it down

China has many problems, as befits such a gigantic country trying to maintain the extraordinary economic success against the downside of a very troubled recent past. Therefore, it could be regarded as axiomatic that China does not need any more problems, particularly self-created ones. This is why I am worried: some of the new problems seem largely self-created.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Police chief hits back on leaked documents

Police chief Andy Tsang Wai-hung tried yesterday to distance the force from course material leaked onto the internet.

The South China Morning Post on Wednesday highlighted two police college teaching notes.

One taught about communist theory and the other was about media operations and gave a 'biased portrayal', according to the Hong Kong Journalists Association.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

What's being said on

Green groups criticised police for wasting tonnes of water to fill plastic barriers during Hu Jintao's visit to Hong Kong:

Cindy Cheung - Why am I not surprised? The Hong Kong government hardly ever sets a good example of conservation.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Inaction speaks louder than words

In journalism, if something big doesn't happen, that may be news, too.

An expected scene during the recent visit of President Hu Jintao was to have the leader hugging children, and chatting with an ordinary Hong Kong family.

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Police chief sued over detention of reporter

The Apple Daily newspaper has sued police chief Andy Tsang Wai-hung over what it says was the illegal detention of one its reporters during President Hu Jintao's recent visit to Hong Kong.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

In step

'We must stay committed to keeping a balance between adhering to the 'one country' principle and respecting the differences of the 'two systems',' President Hu Jintao said on Sunday on the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong's transformation from a British colony to a Chinese special administrative region.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Mayor elected Beijing party secretary

Beijing mayor Guo Jinlong was promoted to party secretary of the capital yesterday at the close of the municipal Communist Party congress, paving the way for him to become a Politburo member at this autumn's national party congress.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Heavy hand of law comes down too hard

Bravo, Asia's finest! You have proved yourself to be every bit as adept at stifling freedom of speech and of the press as your mainland counterparts.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

High time for party's top brass to disclose wealth

The mainland marked the 91st anniversary of the Communist Party yesterday in a low-key affair, compared with the elaborate celebrations last year.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Protesters want deeds, not words

Hong Kong ushered in a new chapter yesterday in its 'one country, two systems' formula. In the morning, President Hu Jintao swore in the new government after a solemn flag-raising ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of the city's return to Chinese rule.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Pomp and protest for Leung

President Hu Jintao set out four specific expectations for Leung Chun-ying on the new chief executive's first day in office - as tens of thousands of Hongkongers joined the city's biggest protest march in years.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Protester manages to disrupt Hu's speech

President Hu Jintao had a rare direct encounter with a protester yesterday when a pan-democrat was able to disrupt the leader's speech at the inauguration ceremony for the new government.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Clashes with police set stage for march today

Organisers of the July 1 protest march believe public anger at the police handling of yesterday's demonstrations against President Hu Jintao's visit will draw even more people to the march - which they already expect will be the biggest in years.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am