Deal reached after talks between Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin may have papered over the cracks. Yet chasms remain – even if both presidents recognise their own vulnerabilities
Xi Jinping was elected general secretary of the Chinese Communist 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.