Xi Jinping

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping

Profession: Paramount Leader of China


Why Famous: General Secretary of the Communist Party of China from 2012 and President of the People's Republic of China from 2013.

Domestically, Xi has introduced far-ranging measures to enforce party discipline and to ensure internal unity, as well as initiating an unprecedented campaign against corruption that saw the high-profile arrests of General Xu Caihou and Zhou Yongkang.

Xi has also significantly centralized institutional power by taking on a wide range of leadership positions. At the 2017 Communist Party Congress, Xi's ideology was embedded in the party's constitution under the category of Thought, something not afforded to a Chinese leader since Mao Zedong.

In foreign affairs he has championed a more assertive foreign policy, in particular China's claims to the bulk of the South China Sea.

Born: June 15, 1953
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Age: 65 years old

Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Gemini

Historical Events in the Life of Xi Jinping

  • 2013-03-14 Xi Jinping is named as the new President of the People's Republic of China
  • 2015-09-22 Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Seattle to start his first state visit to the US
  • 2017-04-06 Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Florida for talks with US President Donald Trump
  • 2017-06-28 China’s president, Xi Jinping begins 3 day trip to Hong Kong to mark 20 years since the territory handed back to China
  • 2017-07-30 China's President Xi Jinping heads 12,000 troop parade at Zhurihe training base, Inner Mongolia marking 90 years since founding of the People's Liberation Army
  • 2017-10-18 19th Chinese Communist Party congress opens in Beijing with President Xi Jinping delivering 3hr 23min speech heralding “new era”
  • 2017-10-25 Chinese Premier Xi Jinping unveils his new ruling council in the Great Hall of the People, none of the five are young enough to succeed him
  • 2018-03-11 China's National People's Congress approves removal of term limits for a leader, will allow Xi Jinping presidency for life
  • 2018-03-25 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un begins surprise trip to Beijing by train to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping
  • 2018-03-28 North Korea's Kim Jong-un meets Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, his first trip outside of North Korea since coming to power in 2011
  • 2018-06-22 Comedian John Oliver is blocked on Chinese social media after parody of Chinese leader Xi Jinping
  • 2018-08-07 China bans release of Winnie the Pooh movie "Christopher Robin", after character used to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping
  • 2018-10-23 World's longest sea-crossing bridge, the Hong Kong Macau Zhuhai bridge at 55km, opened by Chinese President Xi Jinping
  • 2018-12-02 Trade war truce agreed between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at G-20 meeting in Argentina

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