Xi Jinping

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, replacing Hu Jintao as the top leader of the Communist Party. Xi was elected President in March 2013. Born in 1953, Xi is the son of Xi Zhongxun, a veteran leader of the Party. He graduated from Tsinghua University in 1979 with a degree in engineering.

Xi accepts Obama’s invitation of September state visit to US

Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping chat informally as they take a stroll at the Zhongnanhai leaders compound in Beijing before enjoying a private dinner. Photo: AFP

President Xi Jinping held phone talks with US President Barack Obama today and accepted his American counterpart's invitation to make a state visit to the US in September.

Wednesday, 11 February, 2015, 8:25pm 7 comments

President Xi Jinping ‘third most admired man in the world’; Jackie Chan fourth: poll

President Xi Jinping ‘third most admired man in the world’; Jackie Chan fourth: poll

President Xi Jinping is the third most admired man in the world – closely followed by Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan in fourth – according to an online survey.

4 Feb 2015 - 9:05am 54 comments

China president stresses Marxist materialism in effort to silence critics

Xi Jinping meets with senior officers of the Nanjing Military Area Command during an inspection tour in Jiangsu province. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping sought to silence critics at both ends of the political spectrum on Friday by using a Politburo study session to underscore his commitment to Marxism and socialism, analysts said.

27 Jan 2015 - 1:00pm 40 comments

Xi Jinping visits PLA unit linked to Bo Xilai on first inspection tour of the year

President Xi Jinping meets with senior officers of the 14th army group in Kunming. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping chose the 14th Army Corps, a former power base of the jailed Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai, for his first domestic inspection tour this year.

25 Jan 2015 - 5:29am 2 comments

Xi Jinping paves the way for leadership reshuffle

The upcoming congress will see five of the seven Politburo Standing Committee members retire. They are (from left) Wang Qishan, Zhang Gaoli, Liu Yunshan, Zhang Dejiang and Yu Zhengsheng. Photos: Xinhua, Reuters

The first change of personnel involving a Politburo member since the 18th party congress suggests that President Xi Jinping has kick-started his preparation for the semi-leadership transition at the 19th party congress.

14 Jan 2015 - 1:33am 3 comments

Xi Jinping's priorities likely to remain firm in 2015

Xi Jinping's priorities likely to remain firm in 2015

There is little doubt that 2014 will be remembered as one of the most eventful years in China's history.

22 Dec 2014 - 8:49pm 2 comments

Xi Jinping tells Macau to stick to 'one country, two systems' in veiled swipe at Hong Kong

President Xi Jinping sits down with students at Macau University's new Hengqin Island campus as officials look on. Photo: AFP

President Xi Jinping pushed national education and his desire for young people to understand "the true meaning'' of the "one country, two systems" model to the forefront as he ended his two-day visit to Macau.

21 Dec 2014 - 11:12am 30 comments

Xi Jinping calls on Macau to resolve 'deep-rooted conflicts'

President Xi Jinping (right) greets Macau leader Fernando Chui Sai-on. Photo: AP

Macau should resolve its deep-rooted social conflicts and put more effort into its youth policy, President Xi Jinping said as he attended celebrations for the 15th anniversary of the city's handover to China.

20 Dec 2014 - 8:52am

China censors nine-year-old boy's letter saying President Xi Jinping should lose weight

A nine-year-old Henan boy suggests in a letter that President Xi Jinping lose some weight. Photo: SCMP

A report on a nine-year-old boy's suggestion that President Xi Jinping lose some weight was pulled from major news websites after going viral in China.

18 Dec 2014 - 9:27am 27 comments

Xi Jinping blasts Japan's wartime atrocities at high-profile Nanking massacre memorial

Pigeons are let loose during a ceremony at the massacre memorial hall in Nanjing in Jiangsu province. Photo: AFP

President Xi Jinping condemned any attempts to revise Japan's record of wartime aggression in a speech marking the country's first national ceremony commemorating the Nanking massacre.

14 Dec 2014 - 11:19am 165 comments

Xi shakes up the party

Is Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping trying to steer talent towards capitalism? Photo: Xinhua

Is Xi Jinping a closet Gorbachev?

Obviously China’s Mao-like, Communist Party-revivalist leader doesn’t go in for the glasnost business of more openness and transparency in governance.

But Xi is implementing a somewhat radical range of policies to promote the private sector at the expense of the state-owned sector; and he is shaking up the Communist Party.

8 Dec 2014 - 11:02am 1 comment

Video tribute to first couple shows shift in Xi Jinping image push

President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan.

A rare video depicting the relationship between President Xi Jinping and his celebrity wife, Peng Liyuan, has attracted 150 million views in the nearly three weeks since it was posted online.

7 Dec 2014 - 7:00am 12 comments

Chinese race to be person of the year is about money, politics and freedom

President Xi Jinping, Jack Ma and Joshua Wong are now officially finalists for the Time's annual "Person of the Year" competition.

What do President Xi Jinping, Alibaba's Jack Ma Yun and Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung share in common?

1 Dec 2014 - 11:08am 5 comments

Visa deal to help bridge the US-China divide

Xi Jinping (right) and Barack Obama attend a joint press conference in Beijing. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the normalisation of diplomatic relations between the US and China. Photo: Kyodo

When Xi Jinping and Barack Obama this month announced a visa deal to make it easier for Chinese and Americans to travel between the two countries, the leaders probably had businessmen and students in mind.

24 Nov 2014 - 6:57am

Xi Jinping faces challenge of governing through two opposing schools of thought

Xi Jinping (centre) at the fourth plenum last month. Photo: Xinhua

The theme of last month's fourth plenum was the "rule by law" - but President Xi Jinping wants it to be complemented by the "rule of virtue".

23 Nov 2014 - 6:51am 16 comments