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.

Barack Obama to confront Xi Jinping on cyberspying, say US officials

Barack Obama will raise concerns about cybersecurity with Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP

Barack Obama will confront Xi Jinping at talks in Beijing next week over deep concerns about cyberspying by China’s government and military and will insist that it be stopped.

Monday, 10 November, 2014, 1:18pm 8 comments

Think tanks face hurdle in answering Xi Jinping's call

President Xi Jinping may be overly ambitious in calling for research institutions with global impact that also promote party ideology. Photo: Xinhua

In calling for a new type of Chinese think tank, President Xi Jinping wants institutions that can compete with American ones in spreading soft power abroad and help refine policies at home, analysts say.

3 Nov 2014 - 6:26pm 14 comments

New propaganda campaign presents Xi as 'tired but happy' hard-working leader

The story followed Xi on the frist day following the end of the fourth plenum last week. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing has rolled out another propaganda campaign to boost President Xi Jinping's image, portraying him as a hard-working and efficient leader.

28 Oct 2014 - 4:44am 11 comments

Old photos and essays published to cement Xi Jinping's power

Old photos and essays published to cement Xi Jinping's power

The photographs, taken over 20 years ago, show a farm visit, a factory tour and a dinner with members of an ethnic minority.

26 Oct 2014 - 6:03am 9 comments

Xi Jinping's call for political art evokes bad memories of Cultural Revolution

President Xi Jinping urges artists to create works that were not just artistically outstanding but also politically inspiring. Photo: Xinhua

The role of arts and culture has again become a hot topic of debate on the mainland, after an unusual speech by President Xi Jinping.

2 Dec 2014 - 3:38pm 4 comments

Practice, not theory, will be true test of legal reforms

Xi has asserted his power with a campaign against official corruption unprecedented in its scale.

The law must be upheld equally if social justice is to prevail. Attempts by officials to interfere with it and pervert it can undermine respect for any legal system.

25 Oct 2014 - 4:57am 4 comments

Tokyo governor confident Xi Jinping will agree to meet Shinzo Abe

Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe visited Beijing in April. Photo: AFP

The governor of Tokyo said he believed a rift-healing summit would take place between the leaders of China and Japan next month, as he touted the economic benefits Chinese tourists brought to his city.

24 Oct 2014 - 8:12am 4 comments

Xi's blueprint for rejuvenating China cuts through the fear and confusion

Xi Jinping is taking responsibility for making his ways of thinking clear, unambiguous and open to all. Photo: Xinhua

The caller, a Chinese official I respect, asked that I black out October 8. Why, he wouldn't yet say. The project was an unprecedented, 500-plus page book, called Xi Jinping: The Governance of China.

14 Oct 2014 - 2:33am 1 comment

Rule of law is order of the day for Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping has a clear agenda for the upcoming fourth plenary session of the 18th party congress: the rule of law.

Beijing's leaders will be hoping there is some truth to the Chinese saying, "Great disorder leads to great order". That after the chaos and uncertainty of the ongoing mass protests in Hong Kong, "great order" will follow.

13 Oct 2014 - 6:37am 8 comments

Xi Jinping's speeches offer the world a chance to better understand modern China

Xi has said that China's path of socialism with a Chinese character is the only way to foster the country's development. Photo: Reuters

In the less than two years that Xi Jinping has been China's top leader, he has taken the nation onto a new journey of reform, opening up and modernisation.

8 Oct 2014 - 5:06am

Studies of Xi Jinping thought or ideology grab lion's share of funding for research

Nearly all of the proposals approved by the National Social Sciences Fund in the latest round deal with analysing Xi Jinping's thoughts or ideology.

Academics hungry for grants should pick up a collection of speeches by Xi Jinping - it pays to study the words of the president, according to the latest round of state funding for social sciences.

5 Oct 2014 - 5:38am 4 comments

A test of political mettle for Xi and Abe

Political hurdles remain in the way of a Xi-Abe summit.

East Asian stability relies on China and Japan thawing icy relations. Recent maritime security talks and the visit to Beijing of a large Japanese business delegation are significant positive developments.

3 Oct 2014 - 3:11am 5 comments

Xi Jinping's call for party unity is crucial to implementing reform

President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the National Day reception in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping's speech at the National Day reception in Beijing set the scene for a significant milestone in his leadership of the Communist Party.

2 Oct 2014 - 4:29am 2 comments

Communist Party leaders turn out in full force as Xi Jinping urges unity

President Xi Jinping (right), with his predecessors and other past and present party leaders, attends the National Day gathering in Beijing yesterday. Photo: EPA

President Xi Jinping called for solidarity in party ranks yesterday as he delivered a speech at a National Day gathering attended by almost all retired and current leaders.

1 Oct 2014 - 6:20pm 5 comments

Xi Jinping endorses the promotion of Confucius

Authorities are championing Confucius. Photo: Ricky Wong

In January, 2011, a 9.5 metre bronze statue of the Chinese sage Confucius was unveiled at the north gate of the newly renovated National Museum, just off Tiananmen Square, not far from the portrait of Mao Zedong over the entrance to the Forbidden City.

29 Sep 2014 - 7:37am 2 comments