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.

The Chinese economy has defied bears this year with three consecutive quarters of 6.7 per cent growth. Photo: AFP

Xi open to growth below 6.5pc

President Xi Jinping isn’t wedded to China’s 6.5 per cent economic growth objective due to concerns about rising debt and an uncertain global environment after Donald Trump’s election win in the US, according to a source familiar with the situation.