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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.

President Xi buys meal at Beijing bun shop

Xi Jinping's campaign to keep the Communist Party in touch with the people saw the president himself standing in a restaurant queue to buy pork buns yesterday.

Sunday, 29 December, 2013, 6:39am 12 comments

Photos of Xi Jinping eating at a popular Beijing restaurant go viral

Fans of China's President Xi Jinping said they were pleasantly surprised after photos of him dining in a popular Beijing steamed bun restaurant went viral.

28 Dec 2013 - 4:47pm 9 comments

Beijing district officials build themselves 'Kremlin-like' office complex

Officials in a Beijing suburb have sidestepped President Xi Jinping's crackdown on government waste by building themselves a lavish office complex reminiscent of the Kremlin, the Beijing Youth Daily said.

24 Dec 2013 - 2:41am 5 comments

Faith can go on its merry way, but get the festive spirit and shop

"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" is probably the most frequently heard greeting these days in offices or on the street in Hong Kong. On the mainland, the story might be a little bit different.

23 Dec 2013 - 8:21am 1 comment

Xi Jinping urges Hongkongers to show pragmatism on political reform

On the penultimate day of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's visit to Beijing, Xi told Leung that he and his administration had been "seeking change while maintaining stability, and putting the people first".

19 Dec 2013 - 7:25am 15 comments

Reform blueprint underscores Xi Jinping's transformative vision

The Communist Party's third plenum is history - figuratively in that the crucial conclave has concluded and we have the results, and literally in that the transformative vision is truly historic.

16 Dec 2013 - 3:45am 8 comments

Beijing lays out first steps in push to urbanise, including 'hukou' changes

The central government yesterday rolled out long-awaited plans to push forward urbanisation. The plans are considered a centrepiece of the leadership's effort to unleash domestic demand and reduce urban-rural disparities.

15 Dec 2013 - 5:25am 4 comments

Beijing's leaders pledge to maintain growth and push on with reforms

The Beijing leadership has vowed at a key annual conference to maintain reasonable and healthy economic growth next year while controlling local debt risks as the government deepens fiscal and financial reforms.

14 Dec 2013 - 2:55am 2 comments

Curbs leave alcohol firms in low spirits

Spirits, and prices of spirits, are low for many local and foreign alcoholic beverage companies with operations on the mainland after a challenging year marked by depressed demand as a result of restrictions on lavish spending at official banquets.

11 Dec 2013 - 8:18am

Xi and Biden: What the White House says they talked about - full transcript

President Xi Jinping and the US vice-president Joe Biden met yesterday with the shadow of simmering tensions between China and Japan hanging over them. Shortly afterwards, senior administration officials at the White House released a background briefing on the conversation between the two men. Here is the transcript in full.

5 Dec 2013 - 11:35am 1 comment

Beijing's antigraft crackdown forces foreign firms to rethink business practices in China

Creating guanxi – relationships or connections – used to be a reliable way for multinational firms to break into the China market. But foreign companies are increasingly having to re-examine the way they do business in the world’s second-largest economy.

2 Dec 2013 - 10:31am 2 comments

Landmark shift in 'one child' rule brings market bubbles

Last week, institutional and individual investors poured money into so-called "second child" concept stocks, which can be baby milk producers or even piano makers as long as they are more or less related to how to grow a child on the mainland in the short or long-term.

25 Nov 2013 - 8:16am

China and US grow closer to agreement on climate change action

Differences between Beijing and Washington have plagued international discussions of global warming since the UN climate treaty was established in 1992, contributing to the foundering of the 2009 talks in Copenhagen and little consensus since.

23 Nov 2013 - 3:08am

For reforms to cut through hype, start with graft fix

The world appeared to change on November 15, the day bold and epochal reforms were unveiled that promised to overhaul one of the world's biggest economies. Analysts, investors and historians alike rejoiced at the audacity of the plan.

20 Nov 2013 - 2:55am 2 comments

China reform pledges show Xi assuming Deng mantle, analysts say

By claiming authorship of broad reform pledges after repeated conservative pronouncements, China’s President Xi Jinping is assuming the mantle of Deng Xiaoping, who oversaw both huge economic changes and the Tiananmen crackdown, scholars say.

19 Nov 2013 - 4:48pm 1 comment