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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.

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.

Wednesday, 1 October, 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

Beijing's closed door meeting with Hong Kong tycoons erodes trust

Tycoons meet Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People. In the front row are K Wah Group's Lui Che-woo; Wharf's Peter Woo; Kerry Group's Robert Kuok; Henderson Land's Lee Shau-kee; Cheung Kong's Li Ka-shing; and former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa. Photo: Joyce Ng

We all know how busy Chinese president Xi Jinping can be, so when he calls for a meeting, it must be top priority. For the richest Hong Kong tycoons, it is unusual to meet Xi in a group meeting, particularly to discuss politics rather than business.

29 Sep 2014 - 4:17am 15 comments

Party must embrace Mao spirit to survive, Xi Jinping quoted as saying

President Xi Jinping has urged party members to embrace of the "spirit" of Mao Zedong.

President Xi Jinping has reiterated the close relationship between the party's survival and upholding Mao Zedong thought, according to newly released documents collected since the party's 18th congress in November 2012.

28 Sep 2014 - 5:13am 48 comments

China's Xi Jinping supports 'democracy'... but not in the Western sense

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at a ceremony marking the 65th founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing on September 21, 2014. Photo: Xinhua

In a keynote speech Xi highlighted the need to underpin what he called China's 'consultative democracy' - or system of consultative conferences.

24 Sep 2014 - 5:46pm 28 comments

Xi Jinping tells PLA chiefs to develop 'new types' of command

Xi Jinping meets PLA chiefs of staff yesterday. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping told the military's top brass yesterday that the People's Liberation Army had to develop "new types" of military commands.

23 Sep 2014 - 3:16am 3 comments

Democracy is not a decoration, Xi Jinping says in speech to CPPCC

Democracy is not a decoration, Xi Jinping says in speech to CPPCC

President Xi Jinping said 'democracy is not a decoration' as he delivered a speech to the government's political advisers.

22 Sep 2014 - 9:16am 17 comments

Role of constitution in spotlight again as party's fourth plenum nears

Copies of the constitution are distributed. Photo: Shiho Fukada

Which reigns supreme - the Communist Party or China's constitution? The political elite have struggled for more than two decades to find an answer.

21 Sep 2014 - 5:29am 5 comments

No progress on Sino-Indian border dispute during Xi Jinping visit, analysts say

Chinese president Xi Jinping (left) shakes hands with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi as they arrive for delegation talks in New Delhi.

Beijing and New Delhi failed to make progress on resolving their decades-old border dispute during President Xi Jinping's visit to India last week, despite high public expectations in China of a breakthrough, analysts said.

21 Sep 2014 - 5:29am

Business beats border dispute as Chinese and Indian leaders go face to face

President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet yesterday in New Delhi, where they signed a series of big deals despite a stand-off at the border. Photo: EPA

China and India signed a series of big business deals yesterday as President Xi Jinping wrapped up talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that were overshadowed by a border dispute.

19 Sep 2014 - 5:16pm 3 comments

Dalai Lama hails Xi Jinping as ‘more open-minded’ amid India talks

The Dalai Lama hailed Xi Jinping as “more open-minded” than predecessor Hu Jintao. Photo: EPA

The Dalai Lama hailed Xi Jinping as “more open-minded” on Thursday as the president held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rare visit to India.

“Xi Jinping’s approach [is] more realistic, more open-minded” than that of his Chinese predecessor Hu Jintao, the Tibetan spiritual leader said in Mumbai.

18 Sep 2014 - 3:58pm 4 comments

Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping to discuss economic ties and border disputes

First lady Peng Liyuan on a traditional swing seat in Ahmedabad, where she and her husband, President Xi Jinping, were greeted by India's Narendra Modi. Photo: SCMP

President Xi Jinping begins talks in New Delhi today on boosting economic ties and resolving festering border disputes between India and China.

18 Sep 2014 - 10:50am

Why Modi’s India is warming to China

China's President Xi Jinping (centre) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) shake hands as Xi's wife Peng Liyuan (left) looks on as they arrive in Ahmedabad. Photo: AFP

President Xi Jinping should find the “handshake across the Himalayas” a lot warmer than usual when he starts his India trip today.

17 Sep 2014 - 9:40pm 8 comments

Xi Jinping arrives in Sri Lanka seeking to boost trade and maritime ties

Xi Jinping gestures as Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa looks on during a welcome ceremony at the Bandaranaike International Airport. Photo: AFP

President Xi Jinping arrived in Sri Lanka where he will launch construction of a Chinese-backed US$1.4 billion port city as he promotes his vision of a “maritime silk road”.

16 Sep 2014 - 5:54pm

Maldives supports China's plan for 'maritime Silk Road'

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen welcomes President Xi Jinping upon his arrival in Male, the Maldives, on Sunday at the start of a regional tour. Photo: Xinhua

China enlisted backing from the Maldives to create a "maritime Silk Road for the 21st century" as President Xi Jinping launched his three-nation South Asia tour in the island nation yesterday.

16 Sep 2014 - 5:26pm