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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.

Five-year-old pictured with Xi at bun shop becomes local celebrity

Chinese president Xi Jinping seen in a Beijing steamed bun restaurant taking a picture with a young boy on December 28, 2013. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A five-year-old boy from China’s Henan province who was pictured chatting with President Xi Jinping during the top leader’s unexpected visit to a Beijing steamed bun restaurant late December has become a celebrity at his kindergarten, a local newspaper reports. 

Thursday, 9 January, 2014, 10:52am 2 comments

Xi Jinping urges China's law enforcers to boot 'black sheep'

Xi Jinping speaks to attendees at a central political and legal work conference in Beijing on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping has called on the mainland's judges and law enforcement leaders to root out corruption from their own ranks - a warning that comes amid a wide-ranging graft probe into the country's former security tsar Zhou Yongkang.

9 Jan 2014 - 4:26am 1 comment

Veteran general promoted to head Beijing Garrison as Xi Jinping consolidates military control

A 2009 file photo of Major General Pan Liangshi. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Pan Liangshi, a veteran military commander with expertise in anti-terror manoeuvres, has been promoted as the new commander of the strategically important Beijing Garrison, state media reported.

8 Jan 2014 - 11:02am 1 comment

Xi Jinping's proposals for economic reform reminiscent of Deng Xiaoping

Illustration: Brian Wang

The first trip Xi Jinping took outside of Beijing as China's new leader was a high profile visit to Shenzhen. It echoed former leader Deng Xiaoping's famous "southern tour" in 1992 that triggered a period of economic reform following the stagnation after the military crackdown on the democracy movement in 1989.

5 Jan 2014 - 6:34am 2 comments

Xi vs Abe: A tale of two leaders locked in a stand-off

Rivals: Xi Jinping, left, and Shinzo Abe

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe of Japan are locked in a spiralling diplomatic stand-off but their burgeoning rivalry contrasts with striking personal parallels between the two, analysts say.

3 Jan 2014 - 6:00pm

Hebei Daily praises Xi Jinping in front-page article as 'mass line' campaign continues

The Hebei Daily's front page article follows a series of campaigns aiming to highlight Xi Jinping's personal charm and shore up his strong-man image. Photo: Xinhua

The Hebei Daily, the Communist Party mouthpiece in the northern province, has published a lengthy front-page article eulogising President Xi Jinping's early career in the area.

3 Jan 2014 - 2:37am 2 comments

Long lines for 'Xi Jinping Combo' at Beijing restaurant after president's visit

A serving of food at a Qingfeng chain restaurant in Beijing similar to what Chinese President Xi Jinping ate when he visited on Saturday, is pictured at the Qingfeng steamed buns restaurant in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

The Qingfeng Steamed Bun chain restaurant in Beijing where Chinese president Xi Jinping enjoyed a much-publicised meal on Saturday has removed the table the president sat at for fear that customers would fight over the spot.

1 Jan 2014 - 12:00pm 1 comment

President Xi buys meal at Beijing bun shop

President Xi Jinping visits a Beijing pork-buns shop yesterday, paying 21 yuan for traditional northern dishes. Photo: SMP

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.

29 Dec 2013 - 6:39am 12 comments

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

Photos of President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns went viral on Saturday. Photo: Weibo screenshot

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

Residents pass the new complex in Mentougou. Photo: Reuters

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

A view of holiday lighting decorations on trees and installations at an open plaza of a shopping district in Beijing. Photo: EPA

"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

Leung Chun-ying briefs President Xi Jinping in Beijing yesterday on the latest developments in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP

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

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

President Xi Jinping has made urbanisation a priority.

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

President Xi Jinping speaks at the Central Economic Work Conference in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

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