Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping was elected general secretary of the Chinese Communisty Party and chairman of the Central Military Commission at the 18th Party Congress in 2012. He succeeded Hu Jintao as leader of the Communist Party and was elected president in March 2013. Born in 1953, Xi graduated from Tsinghua University in 1979 with a degree in engineering.

Sinosteel is a key state-owned enterprise. Photo: Reuters

Why does China say and do opposite things on state firms?

Reforming the country’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) has been at the centre of China’s transition from a command economy to a free-market one since the launch of the capitalist reforms of the late 1970s.