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 youth league to strive for stability

President Hu Jintao yesterday urged the country's youth to uphold Communist Party ideology and promote social morals and stability in a speech to mark the 90th anniversary of the Communist Youth League.

Saturday, 5 May, 2012, 12:00am

Going off-script

If all goes according to plan, Hu Jintao will step down from his position as general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party at the 18th party congress to be held later this year.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing must come clean on Bo scandal to regain standing

The Bo Xilai probe is continuing. The whole saga is a disgrace both internationally and within the country. How could something like this happen in the first place, and how could it have been handled like that in this age? Even at this juncture, I can safely predict that the one that will suffer the most damage in the end is the Chinese Communist Party.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

President reiterates call for HK unity

President Hu Jintao pinned high hopes yesterday on chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying's visions of governance and urged unity in the city after a divisive election.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Bo's sacking adds new twist to leadership reshuffle

As the mainland leadership grapples with one of the biggest political crises in decades following the sacking of Bo Xilai as the Chongqing party secretary, analysts are trying to decipher how this will impact the once-in-a-decade leadership reshuffle scheduled this autumn.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Ruffling feathers

The countdown online was ominous. 'Ten days until real-name registration,' read a post from a Sina Weibo user nicknamed 'Linzongwei Piyan', which translates into an expletive. Microbloggers had for months been uneasy about the central gov-ernment's plan, announced in December, to have millions of users register their names and mobile numbers on March 16.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Assets protesters held by police

At least two people have been detained by police for taking to a street in central Guangzhou on Saturday and publicly calling on Communist Party chief Hu Jintao to declare his personal assets.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Without the rise of emerging markets and developing countries, there will be no universal prosperity in the world

President Hu Jintao

I was always showing friendly encouragement, but it turned out that she was feeling frustrated

Lawmaker Kam Nai-wai (pictured) explains his behaviour towards former assistant Kimmie Wong Lai-chu

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Hu urges support for BRICS countries

President Hu Jintao called on the international community to support the development of emerging markets as he arrived in New Delhi for a BRICS summit, at which Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are expected to sign pledges of closer economic co-operation.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

KMT official reminds Hu of 'two territories' view

A senior official from Taiwan's Kuomintang yesterday described cross-strait relations as 'one country, two territories', in an attempt to stress the island's status as an equivalent of the mainland.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Party steps up efforts to keep generals in line

The Communist Party has stepped up an ideological campaign to bring the People's Liberation Army under tighter control ahead of the party's leadership reshuffle this autumn.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

'Little Hu' is on the up with his head tucked in

Born in a mountainous county of Hubei province 48 years ago, high-flyer Hu Chunhua started his career in Tibet right after graduating from Peking University. Despite having no family ties to President Hu Jintao , 'Little Hu' shares a similar career path with the president having risen through the ranks of the Communist Youth League.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Xi urges cadres to maintain 'purity of party spirit'

Central Party School president Xi Jinping, the heir apparent to Communist Party general secretary Hu Jintao at this autumn's National Party Congress, has told party members to maintain the 'purity' of their political ideology ahead of the congress.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Hu reminds PLA of their allegiance to party rule

Communist Party general secretary Hu Jintao has called on the People's Liberation Army to safeguard social stability and the loyalty of the army ahead of the party's key congress this autumn.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Annual sessions foreshadow reforms of new leadership

Overseas media have long labelled the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference as rubber stamps. But anyone who has witnessed the annual sessions of those two bodies at close range in recent years would have found the gatherings increasingly outspoken and lively.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am