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.

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.

Friday, 4 July, 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

President Xi Jinping's visit to Xinjiang may signal new anti-terror laws are coming

Xi Jinping called on people in Xinjiang to learn both Putonghua and the Uygur language. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping's call for security to be tightened in restive Xinjiang will likely pave the way for the government to introduce new anti-terrorism laws, according to analysts and observers.

30 Apr 2014 - 6:22am 1 comment

President Xi Jinping delivers tough message to ‘frontline of terror’ on visit to Xinjiang

President Xi Jinping inspects weapons used by officers to halt violent unrest on a visit to a police station in Kashgar. Photo: Xinhua

Xi Jinping has made his first presidential visit to what he called the "frontline against terrorism" in the restive region of Xinjiang. Xi's tour of Kashgar came ahead of a work conference in June that will decide policies for the troubled region.

30 Apr 2014 - 7:15am 11 comments

China's National Security Commission holds its first meeting

China's National Security Commission holds its first meeting

The newly established National Security Commission formally came into operation yesterday with Communist Party chief Xi Jinping presiding over its first meeting.

16 Apr 2014 - 9:35am

Xi’s crackdown on corruption won’t lead to a more open society

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the 12th National People's Congress in Beijing in March. China has banned delegates tfrom holding banquets, as the government tries to improve its image following regular corruption scandals. Photo: AFP

There is never a total new beginning in political power shifts - no "zero hour". Basic conflict can endure for half a century - like the cleavage between the bao shou pai (conservative faction) and zao fan pai (rebels) from the Cultural Revolution.

15 Apr 2014 - 2:19am 3 comments

Xi Jinping urges US defence chief Chuck Hagel to work on closer military ties with China

Xi Jinping greets Chuck Hagel at the Great Hall of the People. Photo: Reuters

President Xi Jinping set the tone for developing military ties between China and the US during talks with Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, saying the two militaries should 'properly manage conflicts'.

10 Apr 2014 - 10:58am 5 comments

A prosperous China is good for the European Union

Chinese President Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping could not have timed his European trip better. With relations between the European Union and Russia fraught over Crimea, the 10-day visit offered Brussels a welcome diversion and perhaps a solution.

7 Apr 2014 - 2:40am 1 comment

China to work with EU on cybersecurity as Xi wraps up Europe tour

Xi Jinping with Europe's Herman van Rompuy. Photo: Xinhua

China intends to work more closely with the EU over cybersecurity, the central government has announced, a move analysts say is aimed at boosting capabilities at home and easing fears abroad of a "China threat".

5 Apr 2014 - 3:19am 1 comment