The timing speaks volumes. On Thursday, while anti-China protests in Vietnam turned deadly, leaving at least two Chinese nationals dead and hundreds of factories damaged, President Xi Jinping was at the Great Hall of People, presenting his vision for China's role in peaceful development.
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. He succeeded Hu Jintao as leader of the Communist Party and was elected president in March 2013. Born in 1953, Xi graduated from Tsinghua University in 1979 with a degree in engineering.