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.

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?

Monday, 1 December, 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

Easing visa rules helps build trust between China and US, says Blackstone chief

Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Blackstone Group, speaks during an interview in New York in this file photo from February 27, 2014. Photo: Reuters

Stephen Schwarzman, one of the most powerful dealmakers on Wall Street, says one thing that could help to improve Sino-US relations, in particular among the general public, is to make it easier for more people to travel to each country.

22 Nov 2014 - 3:22am 3 comments

China's global outlook on foreign affairs pays dividends

China's President Xi Jinping delivers opening remarks at the APEC leaders' meeting in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

A week of summitry has showcased China's new approach to foreign policy. It was reflected in contrasts, the biggest of all between the foreign policy style of President Xi Jinping and that of his predecessors.

21 Nov 2014 - 9:14am 3 comments

Cool heads and warm hearts needed for regional peace and prosperity

Xi is ready to show the other side of his face - cooperating with Japan and others.

It seems ironic that while President Xi Jinping proposed an "Asia-Pacific dream" at the Apec summit, he also showed an unwilling and defiant face when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was going to shake his hand.

21 Nov 2014 - 5:08am 14 comments

Xi commits to Antarctic deal with Australia on first visit to Tasmania

President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan get to grips with a Tasmanian devil on their trip to Australia's southernmost state. Photo: EPA

President Xi Jinping committed to greater Antarctic co-operation with Australia yesterday, while fulfilling a long-held dream to visit the nation's smallest state in a trip that included a close encounter with a Tasmanian devil.

19 Nov 2014 - 3:20am 3 comments

Towards a new order, Xi Jinping touts Asia-Pacific dream

There are signs that Xi Jinping is pursuing bold ambitions at home and abroad with an eye to setting up a new international order led by China, a rising superpower to compete with the United States.

Just two weeks after Xi Jinping came to power this month two years ago, he said for the first time that the greatest "Chinese dream" was to "realise the great renewal of the Chinese nation".

17 Nov 2014 - 7:47am 3 comments

Chinese passport holders gain from US visa deal

If the central government can make the Chinese passport more travel-friendly to more foreign countries, we will see fewer Chinese citizens wanting to emigrate to secure a "better passport".

US President Barack Obama, whose popularity at home is sinking, looked outwards instead last week to strike two major deals with China - co-operation on climate change and visa extensions for mainland citizens.

17 Nov 2014 - 8:57am 1 comment

Xi Jinping seeks bigger voice for BRICS on global economic governance

The leaders of the five BRICS nations meet in Brisbane. Photo: EPA

President Xi Jinping said the leading developing countries should have a larger say in global economic governance during his visit to Australia for the G20 summit. Analysts said that fitted with China's efforts to promote its global economic status.

17 Nov 2014 - 7:23pm 1 comment

China slowdown not scary, President Xi Jinping tells business leaders in Beijing

President Xi Jinping greets business representatives at the Apec CEO summit in Beijing. Leaders start their meeting today. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping said China's economic downturn was not "scary", while even annual expansion slowing to 7 per cent would still be fast.

13 Nov 2014 - 12:34pm 1 comment

Shinzo Abe looks to meet Xi Jinping for first time on Apec visit to Beijing

Abe said if face-to-face contact with Xi could be realised during the summit, he would propose the establishment of a crisis-management mechanism to prevent accidental conflicts in the East China Sea. Photo: AFP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Beijing yesterday on a trip aimed at thawing ties with China.

10 Nov 2014 - 8:14am 5 comments

Sino-US tension amid the Apec summit pomp

Chefs at a convention centre in Beijing put the finishing touches to a display ahead of this week's Apec leaders' meeting. Photo: AFP

President Xi Jinping will welcome US President Barack Obama for his first trip to Beijing since 2009 with all the pomp of a state visit. Fireworks will later open a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders.

10 Nov 2014 - 7:33pm 6 comments

Extreme Apec measures reveal Beijing's lack of self-confidence

To clear roads and streets for its Apec guests, the government simply decided to limit private transport of local residents.

What does being a host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit really mean for China? My short answer - it's all about "face", or what we call "mianzi" in Chinese.

10 Nov 2014 - 1:11pm 5 comments

For Xi Jinping's reforms to succeed, PLA must be loyal to Communist Party

President Xi Jinping visits the venue of the historical Gutian Meeting. Photo: Xinhua

Of all the quotations attributed to Mao Zedong, "political power grows out of the barrel of a gun" is one of the best remembered. The earliest record of it predates a historic congress that established the principle that the Communist Party leads the army.

7 Nov 2014 - 9:47am 13 comments