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 aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson transits the East China Sea with the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Murasame-class destroyer JS Samidare in March. Photo: AFP

Why Asia is so nervous over the Xi-Trump summit

China’s neighbours in Asia will be watching the Sino-US summit to see if the role of the United States as a key security player in the region will be reduced, observers said.