President Xi Jinping yesterday repeated a call for a political resolution to the Syrian crisis via a transitional government, and offered to boost aid for refugees, after Bashar al-Assad was re-elected Syrian president with 88.7 per cent of the vote.
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.