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.

Financial risk management will be a top priority at an annual economic policymaking meeting to be chaired by President Xi Jinping later this month. Photo: Xinhua

Can China reduce its debt and still grow the economy in 2018?

Beijing will be playing a tricky game in 2018 if it tries to generate strong economic growth or maintain a powerful state sector on the one hand while pursuing debt reduction on the other, Moody’s Investors Service has warned.