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Vol 4 (AAC) No 2

Published 1st December 2010


Xi Jinping

Vice-President, China

Born in 1953 to a prominent Communist revolutionary, Xi Zhongxun, China’s presumed president-in-waiting, is a ‘princeling’ groomed to the elite class. Xi Jinping grew up in privilege in Beijing until the Cultural Revolution when Mao Zedong’s Red Guards turned on the bureaucracy. His father was imprisoned and Xi was ‘sent down’ to countryside labour in Shaanxi Province. When he was able to return to Beijing in 1975, Xi joined the Communist Party and enrolled in Tsinghua University, where he studied chemical engineering.

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