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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.

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.

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014, 5:26pm

Camaraderie between Xi and Modi set to translate into better Sino-Indian relations

China and India have made a conscious effort to reach out to each other since Modi took power.

President Xi Jinping's first trip to India this week has raised great expectations in China and India - Asia's largest and third-largest economies - about a hugely productive visit.

15 Sep 2014 - 11:37pm 1 comment

Climate change, trade and tourism to top Xi Jinping's agenda in Maldives visit

Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) shakes hands with Maldives President Abdulla Yameen at the President's Office in the capital island Male. Photo: AFP

President Xi Jinping arrived in the Maldives on his southern Asia tour, with climate change, trade and tourism expected to be high on the agenda.

15 Sep 2014 - 6:59pm

Xi Jinping repeats call for political solution in Ukraine

President Xi Jinping meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, on Thursday. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping has repeated a call for the crisis in Ukraine to be resolved politically via an inclusive dialogue, during talks with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, China’s Foreign Ministry said.

12 Sep 2014 - 11:16am

Sri Lanka port deals may stoke security fears

China has also pumped US$500 million into a container terminal at Colombo Port, on Sri Lanka's west coast. Photo: AFP

China is expected to shore up its maritime strength by securing port development deals in Sri Lanka when President Xi Jinping tours South Asia.

12 Sep 2014 - 5:52am 3 comments

Xi Jinping delays Pakistan visit due to protests

A Pakistani supporter of populist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri returns a tear gas shell towards riot police during an anti-government protest in Islamabad. Photo: AFP

Pakistan's foreign ministry said President Xi Jinping's state visit to the country this month had been postponed due to anti-government protests in Islamabad.

8 Sep 2014 - 1:20pm

Xi Jinping rules out Western-style political reform for China

President Xi Jinping said cadres must "adhere to the central leadership of the party" and improve "overall coordination" to prevent the government from becoming "leaderless [and] fragmented". Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping dismissed notions of Western-style political reform and underscored the importance of one-party rule in a speech delivered at the Great Hall of the People yesterday.

6 Sep 2014 - 4:30am 63 comments

Xi Jinping urges China's military to create 'information warfare' strategy

President Xi Jinping, outfitted with the new military uniform, visits troops stationed on the China-Mongolia border in January. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping has called for the country's military to make technical and strategic "innovations" and to narrow the gap with other powers as new trends in warfare emerge.

31 Aug 2014 - 3:54am 10 comments

Xi’s corruption probe keeps body in charge of personnel appointments busy

Wan Qingliang, the former party chief of Guangzhou, is one of many top officials being replaced. Photo: Reuters

The busiest Communist Party department during President Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign has obviously been its top corruption buster, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).

17 Sep 2014 - 5:55pm

Xi says China respects Mongolia's independence, but stresses joint development

Chinese President Xi Jinping, his wife Peng Liyuan (left), Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj (right) and his wife watch the performance during a Mongolian traditional fair in Ulan Bator. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping said China respected the independence and integrity of Mongolia as he wrapped up a two-day trip to the resource-rich but sometimes suspicious neighbour.

25 Aug 2014 - 2:48pm 4 comments

Xi Jinping wants to be seen as on a par with Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping

Illustration: Henry Wong

Power in modern China accrues at various speeds. For most leaders, it grows at a steady pace, while for a few others, it hurtles forward like a freight train with blinding speed.

23 Aug 2014 - 2:37am 6 comments

Xi Jinping's task to build on Deng Xiaoping's legacy

Xi Jinping's task to build on Deng Xiaoping's legacy

Few historical figures leave a footprint that grows larger with time. Deng Xiaoping’s legacy looms larger than ever. It is to be found in towering cities, industrialisation, and wealth where once there was poverty, in a confident China back in its rightful place on the world stage.

22 Aug 2014 - 8:42am 1 comment

President Xi Jinping's visit brings upgrade in ties with Mongolia

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) shakes hands with his Mongolian counterpart Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj during a signing ceremony after their talks in Ulan Bator on August 21, 2014. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping and his Mongolian counterpart, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, signed a joint declaration yesterday to upgrade the bilateral ties of the two countries to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

22 Aug 2014 - 6:02pm 3 comments

How will Xi Jinping measure up to the Deng Xiaoping yardstick?

In many respects the challenges facing Xi are at least as difficult as those Deng confronted.

Deng Xiaoping cast a long shadow. How can we understand his legacy in ways that inform our assessment of Xi Jinping, without reaching premature closure on Xi's still developing record?

22 Aug 2014 - 3:30am 3 comments

Xi Jinping looks to deepen ties in visit to 'wary' Mongolia

Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan land in Ulan Bator. Photo: AFP

Xi Jinping's two-day state visit to Mongolia will see China and Mongolia boost trade and economic ties, but Mongolia is cautious not to become overly dependent on China.

21 Aug 2014 - 7:11pm 2 comments