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.
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
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
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
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
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 like27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Jintao5 May 2012 - 12:00am
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