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.
- 2013-03-14 Xi Jinping is named as the new President of the People's Republic of China
- 2013-09-07 Chinese President Xi Jinping announces plans to develop a new 'Silk Road Economic Belt' (part of Belt and Road Initiative) during visit to Kazakhstan
- 2013-10-03 Chinese President President Xi Jinping announces plans for a ‘21st Century Maritime Silk Road’, linking China to Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean (Belt and Road Initiative / One Belt One Road) while in Indonesia
- 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
- 2019-03-23 Italy signs up to China's the Belt and Road Initiative with deals signed in Rome between Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio and Chinese President Xi Jinping