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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 at the APEC summit in Bali. Photo: Xinhua

Xi's guiding words on reform push

President Xi Jinping's keynote speech at the Apec summit this month was to the point, laying out clearly the policy directions for Chinese reforms that will probably form the theme of the all-important third plenary meeting of the party's 18th Central Committee next month.