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.

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.

Monday, 31 March, 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

Xi Jinping's dairy deal helps milk Netherlands visit for all it's worth

Xi Jinping meets Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the European leader's official residence in The Hague. Photo: EPA

China and the Netherlands agreed to enhance economic co-operation in a wide-ranging deal that includes more exports of Dutch dairy products to the mainland.

24 Mar 2014 - 3:43pm

Overseas study offers young education on foreign policy

US First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students who practise table tennis while visiting the Second High School in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

US first lady Michelle Obama is absolutely right about the importance of overseas education, and that is exactly what the sons and daughters of many former and current mainland leaders have already experienced or are eager to experience.

24 Mar 2014 - 7:49am 3 comments

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

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

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.

23 Mar 2014 - 5:17am

President Xi Jinping heads to Europe to push China's diplomatic influence

China's President Xi Jinping (left) accompanied by his wife, Peng Liyuan. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping will use his upcoming European tour to push for a stronger global Chinese diplomatic presence following Beijing's focus on building ties with Moscow and other near neighbours over the past year, foreign ministry officials and diplomatic observers said.

18 Mar 2014 - 6:13pm

President Xi Jinping heading party's military reform panel

Chinese President Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping is heading a new steering group that will tackle reform of the military, a task one analyst said required more courage and determination than other areas targeted by the leadership for change.

16 Mar 2014 - 11:05am 1 comment

Abe, Park and Xi Jinping display good economics in East Asia, but questionable politics

South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye

After all the recent hoopla about Abenomics in Japan and China's reform under Xi Jinping, South Korea's Park Geun-hye becomes the latest to join the Asian reform club.

4 Mar 2014 - 4:32am 1 comment