Xi Jinping

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.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen on March 20. Hong Kong’s scientists asked for - and will receive - funding from the Chinese central government. Photo: Xinhua/Sipa USA via TNS

Xi Jinping cash route sure to pay off for scientists

By appealing to the president for financial support, Hong Kong’s leading research scientists barely paid notice to the city’s government and the non-track record of Science Park start-ups.