Born in 1942 and Chinese president since 2003, Anhui native Hu Jintao had been posted to Gansu, Guizhou and Tibet during his climb up the party ranks, and first became a member of the Politburo’s standing committee in 1992. He graduated from Tsinghua University in 1964 with a degree in engineering. The Communist Youth League is known to be a staunch supporter of Hu. He retired as General Secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee and Chairman of the Party's Central Military Commission during the 18th Party Congress in November 2012. He remained president of the PRC until 2013 when he was succeeded by Xi Jinping.
The ultra-leftist revival threatens Xi’s plans to revive the economy and turn China into a dominant world power by 2049. It’s time to curb these ultra-nationalistic tendencies and return to pragmatic reform and development.
China’s long-standing norms, including retirement age and balance of power at the top, are set aside as Xi Jinping seeks to restore party discipline.
China’s new leadership line-up could be finalised by the end of September, if officials follow a similar timetable to the last congress. But don’t expect any straw polls – or to find out who made the cut until the final day.
Bao Zheng, a magistrate in Kaifeng, the capital of the Northern Song dynasty more than 1,000 years ago, has been immortalised in Chinese dramas and operas as a symbol of justice and the best known example of an honest and upright official throughout Chinese history.
The 80-year-old did attend a brief ceremony on Monday, but did not appear at Tuesday’s longer funeral service.
President Xi Jinping and other senior leaders receive the late leader’s casket ahead of the state funeral on Tuesday morning.
Ambassador Xing Haiming accused the US of being the “biggest external challenge” to Seoul-Beijing relations, while also claiming Hu Jintao’s dramatic exit at the Communist Party congress was due to age.
The reason for Hu’s departure from the closing ceremony is unclear and prompted widespread discussion online.
What are the similarities and differences between Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong? Was Deng Xiaoping the People’s Republic’s greatest leader?
Audience of more than 70,000 fills Tiananmen Square for carefully choreographed celebration and while Xi Jinping gets much of the attention, younger faces also take centre stage.
Xi Jinping’s leadership highlighted in three-hour show at the ‘Bird’s Nest’ National Stadium.
Xi Jinping is expected to emphasise China’s success in combating the coronavirus and call for international cooperation on the pandemic and climate change.
Some Communist Party authorities across the country are quick to applaud Beijing’s decisions, but they may not implement top-level directives when there is a conflict with local interests.
Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa noted that China had not ‘intruded in Hong Kong affairs for the past 22 years’.
Deng Yuwen says the action is a warning to critics of the party in the United States.
China’s ‘dual-circulation’ strategy to boost consumption and reduce reliance on overseas markets dates back to the late 2000s, says veteran China observer Michael Pettis.
Xi Jinping signs decree that includes improving confidentiality for military events, overseas cooperation and arms fairs.
October 1 event is intended to be a showcase for military’s progress under Xi Jinping, with J-20 stealth fighters set to take pride of place.
Hu Haifeng to be promoted to Communist Party boss of Xian as his father’s successor faces challenges at home and abroad.
Photographer Samira Bouaou gave the folder to the US president as he left the East Room after speaking at a reception for the Congressional Medal of Honour Society.