Xi Jinping was born in June 1953. He graduated from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He holds a doctor's degree in law.
Xi is currently the General-Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, the President of the People's Republic of China (PRC), and Chairman of the PRC Central Military Commission.
From 1969 to 1975, Xi served as an educated youth and as Party branch secretary in the Liangjiahe Brigade of Yanchuan County in Shaanxi Province.
He served as secretary of the CPC Zhengding County Committee in Hebei Province between 1983 and 1985; before spending 17 years in east China's Fujian Province where he served in various roles, most notably as provincial governor.
Following this, Xi spent around five years in east China's Zhejiang Province where, in 2002, he became secretary of the CPC Zhejiang Provincial Committee -- a position he held until 2007.
That year, he became secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, and First Secretary of the Shanghai Garrison Command Party Committee.
It was around this time that Xi was elected onto the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, and the Central Committee's Secretariat. He also became president of the Central Party School -- a position he held until 2012.
In 2008, he became Vice President of the People's Republic of China and two years later, the Vice Chairman of both the CPC Central Military Commission and the PRC Central Military Commission.
In 2012, Xi became General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, and also Chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission.
The following year, Xi became President of the People's Republic of China and Chairman of the PRC Central Military Commission.