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.

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.

Thursday, 18 September, 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

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