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.

China's President Xi Jinping (left) accompanied by his wife, Peng Liyuan. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping heads to Europe to push China's diplomatic influence

President Xi Jinping will use his upcoming European tour to push for a stronger global Chinese diplomatic presence following Beijing's focus on building ties with Moscow and other near neighbours over the past year, foreign ministry officials and diplomatic observers said.