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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.

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.

Wednesday, 15 January, 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

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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

Official paper praises Xi Jinping's friendship with late writer in image campaign

China's President Xi Jinping walks down stairs upon his arrival a day before the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, in this September 4, 2013 file picture. Photo: Reuters

Amid a state media campaign to highlight the "man of the people" charm of Chinese president Xi Jinping, a Communist Party mouthpiece has republished a 15-year-old article penned by Xi in memory of a dead writer friend.

13 Jan 2014 - 5:19pm

Will 'strongman' Xi Jinping lead China into armed conflicts with rival neighbours?

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects an honour guard at a welcoming ceremony for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in this September 22, 2013 file photo. Photo: Reuters

China has become more willing to show off its military might since President Xi Jinping came to power as he wants to send a message to people at home and abroad that he is a strongman willing to take touch action, military and political analysts said.

14 Jan 2014 - 4:38am 18 comments

Xi Jinping's three challenges

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Since ascending to the Communist Party's top post in 2012, Xi Jinping has confounded observers. While his political strategy has entailed tightening the party's control over ideology, cracking down on official corruption, repressing dissent and championing a more nationalistic foreign policy, he has announced an unusually bold economic reform blueprint.

13 Jan 2014 - 4:47am

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. 

9 Jan 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