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.
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.