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.

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.

Monday, 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

Xi Jinping’s charm offensive helps bolster diplomatic, economic ties with Europe

Xi Jinping and wife, Peng Liyuan, attend a state dinner with Belgium's King Philippe. Photo: AFP

President Xi Jinping's European charm offensive has strengthened Beijing's economic and diplomatic clout with the EU, although trade disputes and human rights remain a potential source of tension going forward.

2 Apr 2014 - 12:45pm 2 comments

Xi wins EU pledge to weigh free-trade deal

Xi Jinping with EU Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso (left) and Herman van Rompuy, head of the European Council. Photo: Reuters

President Xi Jinping won a promise from the European Union yesterday to consider a multibillion-dollar free-trade deal with his country, a long-held goal for Beijing which divides Europe.

1 Apr 2014 - 8:48am

Top officials join start of trial of 'mafia' tycoon Liu Han

A young cyclist stares at police as they stand guard yesterday outside Xianning court, where mining tycoon Liu Han went on trial. Photo: AFP

More than 150 senior officials arrived in Xianning, Hubei province, yesterday to oversee the highly anticipated trial of Sichuan mining tycoon Liu Han for alleged mafia-style crimes.

1 Apr 2014 - 6:22pm

Xi spells out future vision of China to future leaders of Europe

President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan meet King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium at the Royal Palace in Brussels on Monday. EPA

On the second day of his state visit to Belgium, the president will visit the College of Europe, the world’s first university of postgraduate studies in European affairs, and make a public address on his expectations for the relations between two of the world’s largest economies.

31 Mar 2014 - 7:26pm