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 and King Willem-Alexander inspect the honour guard at the start of Xi's four-nation European visit. Photo: AP

Xi Jinping starts Europe trip expected to be coloured by Crimea crisis

President Xi Jinping touched down in the Netherlands for his first European tour, with the continent in a diplomatic frenzy after Russia's annexation of Crimea. Xi was welcomed at Schiphol airport by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at the start of a four-country tour.