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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.

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.

Monday, 7 April, 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

Xi Jinping becomes first president to visit EU HQ for top-level talks

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and China's President Xi Jinping in Brussels. Photo: AP

Chinese leader Xi Jinping began a ground-breaking European Union visit on Monday, arriving for talks with the bloc’s top officials in the first visit to EU headquarters by a Chinese president.

31 Mar 2014 - 5:03pm

Xi Jinping's drive for reform depends on strong party, says former senior policymaker Shi Zhihong

Xi Jinping's drive for reform depends on strong party, says former senior policymaker Shi Zhihong

President Xi Jinping is committed to reforms, including further opening up the economy to the free market, but will do nothing to subvert the power of the Communist Party, says a former senior policymaker.

31 Mar 2014 - 2:13pm 6 comments

Xi Jinping following in Deng Xiaoping's reformer footsteps, ex-adviser says

Xi Jinping, said to be a reformer like Deng Xiaoping. Photo: EPA

Xi Jinping adheres to the line of reform pioneered by Deng Xiaoping rather than siding with the more traditional policies of Mao Zedong as some analysts believe, said Shi Zhihong, former deputy director of the Central Policy Research Office.

31 Mar 2014 - 5:19am

Tokyo lodges complaint against Xi Jinping over war-related speech in Germany

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga

Tokyo criticised President Xi Jinping for making remarks during his trip to Germany about Japan's wartime atrocities, adding that the Japanese government had lodged a protest.

31 Mar 2014 - 5:19am 12 comments

Xi brings panda diplomacy to Brussels

President Xi is welcomed by King Philippe of Belgium at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Photo: AP

President Xi Jinping will use two pandas to break the ice and soften European opposition to a free-trade deal with China during his visit to Belgium. As the first Chinese leader to visit the European Union's headquarters since Brussels established ties with Beijing four decades ago, Xi will also seek to send a message that China is a less confrontational partner, ready to resolve trade disputes.

31 Mar 2014 - 10:05am 2 comments

Wartime atrocities still fresh in memory, President Xi Jinping says in Berlin

Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn presents a soccer shirt to Xi and wife Peng Liyuan at a match involving Chinese youngsters. Photo: AFP

President Xi Jinping said during his visit to Germany that Japanese atrocities during the second world war were still "fresh in the memory" in China and that the nation needed to build its defences to safeguard against aggression.

30 Mar 2014 - 5:51am 35 comments

Peng Liyuan named Unesco ambassador for women's education

French President Francois Hollande greets President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan at the Elysee Palace. Photo: Reuters

The appointment will raise her profile on the international stage and renew focus on an issue the country has grappled with.

28 Mar 2014 - 9:47am 4 comments

France and China should take the lead in forging Sino-EU relations, says Xi Jinping during tour

Francois Hollande and Xi Jinping at a ceremony in Paris yesterday. Xi is on a four-nation tour of Europe. Photo: AFP

China and France were expected to sign a number of major business deals as President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Francois Hollande met in Paris late last night.

28 Mar 2014 - 8:36am 1 comment

China’s Xi kicks off French trip with wine and cheese

Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan wave the people as they arrive at the airport of Lyon, France. Photo: EPA

Chinese leader Xi Jinping kicked off his trip to France Tuesday with a selection of Beaujolais wine, saucisson and cheese shortly after arriving in Lyon, the country’s gastronomic capital.

26 Mar 2014 - 2:27pm