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. 


Hu urges unity and tolerance amid protests

President Hu Jintao issued a clarion call for unity as he met Hong Kong's business and political elite behind a tight ring of security - but outside, hundreds of protesters demanded democracy and transparency over the death of dissident Li Wangyang.

Sunday, 1 July, 2012, 12:00am

Hu vows to 'walk more and see more'

President Hu Jintao began a three-day visit in Hong Kong to mark the 15th anniversary of the city's handover to China by promising to 'walk more and see more' to get a feel for Hongkongers' expectations.

However, he may not be able to fulfil his pledge, as protesters and the public were kept away from the top leader yesterday amid tight security arrangements by police.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Storm throws cloud over july 1 events

Tropical storm Doksuri threatened to ruin events marking the 15th anniversary of the handover, with the government rescheduling programmes for President Hu Jintao and organisers of the annual July 1 march making contingency plans for a postponement in case of bad weather.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Rally petition zones 'a police PR stunt'

A handful of protesters will be allowed into so-called petition zones near stops by President Hu Jintao during his handover anniversary visit which begins today - a move one rally organiser dismissed as a 'public relations show'.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

The smooth completion of the manual docking shows China fully grasps space-docking technology

President Hu Jintao lauds the crew of the Tiangong-1 space station

No American should ever live under a cloud of suspicion just because of what they look like

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Let Hu hear us, say protesters

Pro-democracy groups planning to protest outside the handover anniversary dinner venue attended by President Hu Jintao have been assigned areas too far from the venue to make their voices heard, organisers say.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lawmaker's microblog muzzled

A lawmaker's microblog, with posts encouraging participation in the July 1 rally, was shut down yesterday as the authorities tightened internet control ahead of the handover anniversary.

The incident occurred as activists say they are planning to confront President Hu Jintao and hand him a petition to demand a fair investigation into democracy activist Li Wangyang's death.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hu to face growing anger on HK visit

President Hu Jintao will find a very different city from the one he last visited five years ago when he arrives on Friday to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the handover.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

President picks up 'pride of China'

Mainlanders appear divided over the significance of President Hu Jintao's move to pick up a Chinese flag sticker from the floor on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Fresh probe takes heat off Hu's visit

Thursday's pledge by the Hunan government to order a fresh inquiry into the suspicious death of Tiananmen dissident Li Wangyang was largely prompted by an urgent need to cool down the public outcry in Hong Kong only weeks before President Hu Jintao visits the city, say analysts and activists.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

China can help if EU treats it fairly

The term 'yellow peril' was once used to describe poor Chinese migrating en masse to the US. Now it's used in scare-mongering about rich Chinese buying up strategic assets in the US, Europe and Australia. We have read this script, in the 1980s before the bubble burst, when Japan went after trophy foreign companies and their assets.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

From smuggling kingpin to a life behind bars

Lai Changxing, once the mainland's most-wanted fugitive, has been jailed for life by a court in Fujian for running a huge smuggling operation and leading a bribery ring.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

Movies can help bridge culture gap

Understanding and respecting culture is a central pillar of building strong relations between nations. Movies and music are the easiest way for one society to get to know about another. But the Chinese Communist Party has long viewed such imports from the West, especially from the United States, as cultural imperialism and severely restricted their availability.

7 May 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

We would love to be able to put LME delivery points, LME warehouses into China

London Metal Exchange chief executive Martin Abbott

The history of China's youth movement is a history of the numerous young people who strive under the party's leadership

President Hu Jintao

5 May 2012 - 12:00am

'Breakthroughs' in Sino-US talks

China and the US concluded two days of annual high-level talks in Beijing yesterday by reaching a series of investment and trade agreements which Premier Wen Jiabao described as 'major breakthroughs'.

5 May 2012 - 12:00am