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.

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.

Thursday, 10 July, 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

Xi Jinping's visit to Seoul sends a message to Washington, not just Pyongyang

The president at the National Assembly in Seoul. Photo: Reuters

President Xi Jinping's visit to South Korea for a summit simultaneously snubs nuclear-armed North Korea and sends Washington and Tokyo a message of Beijing's growing influence south of the Korean Demilitarised Zone.

5 Jul 2014 - 5:50am

President Xi Jinping highlights Japan’s ‘barbarous’ militarist past in Seoul speech

President Xi Jinping highlights Japan’s ‘barbarous’ militarist past in Seoul speech

President Xi Jinping stressed the joint suffering of China and South Korea under Japanese militarism during a speech in Seoul on Friday that came days after Tokyo announced a landmark shift in military policy.

4 Jul 2014 - 5:26pm 25 comments

Xi Jinping arrives in Seoul with huge business delegation as Beijing aims to boost trade ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye (left) greet children during a welcome ceremony at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul. Photo: AP

Xi Jinping has arrived in Seoul accompanied by a huge business delegation on his first trip to South Korea as president, as Beijing aims to elevate trade ties.

3 Jul 2014 - 8:32pm

Xi Jinping attacks concept of global hegemony, in dig at United States

Xi Jinping hosts Hamid Ansari and Thein Sein. Photo: AP

President Xi Jinping has vowed that no violations of territorial integrity will be tolerated and said no nation should be allowed to monopolise global affairs.

29 Jun 2014 - 10:47am 24 comments

China is not displaying contradictory impulses over its major policies

Judging by China's recent behaviour in the East and South China Seas as well as the sustained crackdown on official corruption, President Xi Jinping shows consistency rather than contradictory impulses. Photo: Xinhua

Many people look back longingly to China's recent past when it minded its own business and was too busy counterfeiting other people's products to worry about asserting sweeping territorial claims in maritime disputes with its neighbours.

4 Jul 2014 - 5:53pm 6 comments

Xi Jinping repeats call for political solution to end Syrian civil war

A girl holds a picture of Bashar a-Assad as she celebrates in Damascus after the poll win. Photo: AFP

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.

5 Jun 2014 - 10:42pm

Xi's graft crackdown likely to worsen problem, warns leading China expert

President Xi Jinping’s campaign against graft could breed more corruption, said a leading China expert. Photo: AP

President Xi Jinping’s model of tackling corruption is only likely to worsen the problem and his repression of dissent further reveals the fragility of his regime, a leading China expert said on Friday.

31 May 2014 - 10:12am 18 comments

Xi Jinping's visit to Shanghai zone gives new hope to economic reform

Chinese President Xi Jinping talks with workers at Waigaoqiao comprehensive service hall of the Shanghai free-trade zone. Photo: Xinhua

The Shanghai free-trade zone, which has so far received mixed feedback from foreign investors since it was launched last October, finally won its biggest supporter last Friday - a surprise first-time visit by President Xi Jinping.

31 May 2014 - 6:17pm

Aggression is not part of national character

Xi Jinping reiterates his vision for peaceful development

The timing speaks volumes. On Thursday, while anti-China protests in Vietnam turned deadly, leaving at least two Chinese nationals dead and hundreds of factories damaged, President Xi Jinping was at the Great Hall of People, presenting his vision for China's role in peaceful development.

19 May 2014 - 3:47am 15 comments

President Xi Jinping vows peace, as PLA top brass talks tough and with Vietnam ablaze

President Xi Jinping addresses the China International Friendship Conference. Photo: Xinhua

"In Chinese blood, there is no DNA for aggression or hegemony," Xi told guests at an event on Thursday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

19 May 2014 - 6:50pm 3 comments

Xi Jinping pins hopes on 'new normal' bringing political legitimacy

China's President Xi Jinping has adopted the "new normal" to characterise slowing growth and reined-in liquidity in the Chinese economy. Photo: EPA

It's time for the "new normal" in China. The phrase has been used in the past several years to describe high unemployment, slow growth and heavy government debt in developed economies after the global financial crisis.

14 May 2014 - 4:32am 4 comments

Xi Jinping stresses 'cultural heritage' on Youth Day

President Xi Jinping visits Peking University. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping encouraged students take pride in their cultural heritage and repeated his theme of working towards the "great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation" during a visit to Peking University to mark Youth Day.

5 May 2014 - 8:50am 3 comments