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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.

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.

Thursday, 21 August, 2014, 7:11pm 2 comments

China must push ahead with reform despite 'great struggles', says Xi Jinping

Xi says cadres should have the political will to try new initiatives. Photo: Xinhua

China's road to opening up and modernisation would be long and difficult, president said, but added that the country must move ahead - even calling on cadres to allow for a little dissent.

17 Sep 2014 - 6:24pm 3 comments

Xi Jinping calls for new style of media organisation

Xi Jinping shakes hands with Prince Albert II of Monaco in Nanjing. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping called for the country to build a homegrown new media industry yesterday as he chaired the powerful central leading group for deepening reform.

19 Aug 2014 - 7:31am 4 comments

Xi Jinping calls for unity in Iraq, confers with Ban Ki-moon on Middle East, Ebola, Ukraine

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) lead their delegations in a meeting in Nanjing. Photo: EPA

President Xi Jinping yesterday called on Iraq’s politicians to unite to stabilise the country, a day after China made a rare move to fully back a UN resolution against extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.

17 Aug 2014 - 9:11am

Another mainland editorial draws Xi Jinping-Deng Xiaoping parallels

Xi Jinping regards Deng Xiaoping (left) as his role model and quotes him often in speeches. Photos: Reuters, AP

President Xi Jinping identifies with the political legacy of reformist leader Deng Xiaoping, according to an editorial on Xi's leadership published online by the overseas edition of the official People's Daily.

14 Aug 2014 - 11:16am 9 comments

Xi Jinping's wider ambitions in rooting out graft

Since Xi came to power in November 2012, he has made it his top priority to tackle rampant corruption.

What is Xi Jinping's endgame? That is the most frequently asked question among the investors who try to make sense of the president's sweeping anti-graft campaign, which could have profound political and economic implications.

17 Sep 2014 - 6:56pm 6 comments

Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive faces test at Beidaihe party meeting

Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive faces test at Beidaihe party meeting

This week's gathering of the Communist Party elite in Beidaihe will test President Xi Jinping's authority to hold the party together as senior cadres feel the heat from his sweeping anti-corruption campaign.

17 Sep 2014 - 6:03pm 4 comments

Xi Jinping most mentioned in People's Daily since Mao, researchers find

Xi Jinping (left) has been mentioned by name 4,725 times in People's Daily  during the 18 months after he took office, while Mao Zedong (right) was named nearly 7,000 times in the 18 months after the 9th party congress in 1969.

President Xi Jinping's name has graced the pages of the Communist Party's flagship newspaper more frequently than any other leader since Mao Zedong, according to Hong Kong researchers.

29 Jul 2014 - 4:42am 1 comment

Xi Jinping eyes expanded energy ties with Venezuela

(Front row from left) China's President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo SolÌs and Cuba's President Raul Castro, (Back row from left) Antigua and Barbudaís Prime Minister Gaston Browne, Colombia's Presidente Juan Manuel Santos, Suriname's President Desire Bouterse and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro pose for the family photo of the China-Celac forum at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. Photo: AFP

President Xi Jinping was due to arrive in Caracas where he hopes to further develop his country's strategic relationship with the oil-producing giant.

21 Jul 2014 - 7:50pm

Xi Jinping hails 'new horizons' for China and Argentina on visit to Buenos Aires

Argentinian leader Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner with President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires. Photo: AFP

Relations between Argentina and China were poised to reach unprecedented "new horizons", visiting President Xi Jinping said, addressing lawmakers in Buenos Aires.

20 Jul 2014 - 10:07am

Latest PLA promotions show Xi Jinping is bent on overhaul, analysts say

PLA promotions show Xi Jinping's intentions, analysts say

The latest round of PLA promotions shows President Xi Jinping is moving ahead with overhaul of the army's leadership, analysts say. Xi promoted four lieutenant generals to the rank of general on Friday.

13 Jul 2014 - 10:26am 2 comments

Xi Jinping urges US, China to reconsider their attitudes towards each other

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Secretary of State John Kerry listen as President Xi Jinping addresses Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

President Xi Jinping called on China and the United States to make a correct judgment on their strategic intentions in today’s kick-off speech for an annual high-level dialogue between the two powers.

“If we are in confrontation, it will surely spell disaster for both countries and for the world,” he said.

9 Jul 2014 - 7:00pm 10 comments

President Xi Jinping warns of disaster if Sino-US relations sour

US Secretary of State John Kerry (centre) applauds next to President Xi Jinping in Beijing as Jack Lew looks on. Photo: Reuters

President Xi Jinping has warned of disastrous consequences if China and the United States fail to contain their conflicts.

10 Jul 2014 - 10:04am 22 comments

Xi Jinping’s South Korea visit reflects a region in flux

Chinese President Xi Jinping smiles during a meeting in South Korea. Photo: AFP

China’s president on Friday wrapped up a state visit to South Korea that was heavier on symbolism than substance, but also exposed the slowly but steadily shifting bedrock of historical Cold War alliances in East Asia.

5 Jul 2014 - 3:14pm

Xi Jinping, in Seoul speech, denounces Japan for wartime suffering it inflicted

President Xi Jinping speaks about the suffering the Chinese and Korean people shared at the hands of Japan. Photo: Bloomberg

President Xi Jinping denounced Japan's "barbaric" wartime aggression for creating enormous suffering in China and South Korea in a speech in Seoul yesterday.

5 Jul 2014 - 11:42am 42 comments