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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.

Xi Jinping, Shinzo Abe likely to snub each other at Sochi Olympics opening

Mainland athletes at the athletes' village in Sochi. Photo: Reuters

President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will share an international stage for the first time on Friday since a diplomatic row between the two Asian powers broke out over Abe’s visit to a controversial war shrine.

Wednesday, 5 February, 2014, 5:50am

Xi Jinping told Liaoning's captain to get aircraft carrier ship-shape soon

Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the country's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, docked at Dalian in Liaoning Province, on August 30, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

A Communist Party magazine has revealed concerns expressed by President Xi Jinping during his inspection of China's first aircraft carrier in August.

5 Feb 2014 - 4:05am 3 comments

Xi Jinping's security commission to also tackle financial industry

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Beijing will create a ministerial-level division dedicated to financial industry security within the new National Security Commission to be chaired by President Xi Jinping.

28 Jan 2014 - 8:57am 1 comment

Xi Jinping visits border troops ahead of Chinese New Year

President Xi Jinping shakes hand with a border patrol soldier near Arxan, Inner Mongolia on January 26, 2014. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese President Xi Jinping was seen in new military uniforms when he visited troops stationed near the border with Mongolia on Sunday, state media reported on Monday morning.

The visit is seen as the latest gesture in Xi’s campaign to further enhance his authority within the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and prioritise national defence on his political agenda.

27 Jan 2014 - 12:45pm 1 comment

New security commission to be led by top three in Communist Party

Premier Li Keqiang (left) and President Xi Jinping (right). Photo: AFP

The Communist Party's National Security Commission will be led by the top three members of the supreme Politburo Standing Committee, underscoring the authority of the new group that will monitor domestic and foreign security issues.

28 Jan 2014 - 5:11pm 1 comment

Symphony of scandal: The significance of the ICIJ leaks timing

Symphony of scandal: The significance of the ICIJ leaks timing

On January 22, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published an excoriating report on the extent of offshore accounts owned by China's wealthy and powerful. We illustrate how the exposé ties in with the timelines of other important ongoing stories.

24 Jan 2014 - 4:15pm 1 comment

Xi Jinping names three Standing Committee members as deputies on new panel

Chinese President Xi Jinping

The four members of the supreme Politburo Standing Committee - Xi, Li Keqiang, Liu Yunshan and Zhang Gaoli - attended the first meeting of the group in Beijing yesterday, a month after its formal establishment.

23 Jan 2014 - 5:09am 1 comment

Xi Jinping targets bad behaviour by low-level cadres

Xi Jinping attends a Lunar New Year gala. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping said yesterday that low-level officials - who are often the public's first and only contact with the Communist Party - would be the next focus of his campaign to root out extravagance and corruption.

21 Jan 2014 - 6:09am

Xi Jinping to attend opening ceremony at Sochi Olympics

Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi amid international calls to boycott the event.

21 Jan 2014 - 9:13am

Putin says he celebrated last birthday with Xi Jinping over vodka and sandwiches

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he celebrated his last birthday with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: EPA

Vladimir Putin said in an interview with CCTV that he celebrated his last birthday with vodka, sandwiches and Xi Jinping.

Before a group interview with foreign press in Sochi, the Russian president jokingly said to a CCTV reporter, “Give us mao-tai please,” referring to the strong Chinese liquor.

20 Jan 2014 - 5:01pm

How leading small groups help Xi Jinping and other party leaders exert power

Illustration: Brian Wang

If you dissected the central government in Beijing, you would find something resembling a Russian nesting doll. Each layer removed would reveal another underneath with ever more powerful entities hidden further from view.

20 Jan 2014 - 5:50am 2 comments

Communist Party vows to step up anti-corruption and internal disciplinary efforts

Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the third plenary session of the 18th Communist Party Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Senior officials should know that failing to curb corruption is a “serious breach of duty,” according to the communiqué of the third plenary session of the Communist Party Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) released on Wednesday.

16 Jan 2014 - 11:59am 1 comment

Did Xi Jinping's hiking jaunts boost outdoor apparel firm’s stocks?

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) walks with his US counterpart during a state visit. Reports have emerged that Xi used to be an avid hiker and even became honourary head of a hiking club. Photo: Xinhua

When Beijing Toread Outdoor Products, a leading Shenzhen-listed brand, saw a two-day spike in its stock price this week, speculation arose that perhaps the recently revealed hiking trips taken by President Xi Jinping had something to do with it.

15 Jan 2014 - 2:36pm

Graft situation is grim, Xi warns party's anti-corruption commission

Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the third plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping has called for a redoubling of efforts to root out corruption, describing the situation as "grim" and "a disease that calls for strong medicine".

15 Jan 2014 - 3:11am 6 comments

Xi Jinping has firmer grip on PLA than Hu Jintao did, says Robert Gates

Gates' new book.

President Xi Jinping has greater control of the military than his predecessor did and that increases the need for a strong White House relationship with him, former US defence secretary Robert Gates says.

15 Jan 2014 - 8:15am 3 comments