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Xi Jinping

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Xi Jinping has served as the president of the People’s Republic of China since March 2013. He is also the general secretary and "core" of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the chairman of the Party Central Military Commission, as well as commander-in-chief of its joint battle command center. Xi Jinping was born in 1953 in Beijing and graduated from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of Tsinghua University, majoring in Marxist theory and ideological education. He began working in January 1969 and joined the CPC in January 1974. His administration has so far exhibited more openness regarding a market economy and political reforms than his predecessor Hu Jintao; Xi spent most of his career supporting business in the eastern provinces (including Fujian and Zhejiang) that are the engine of China's economic growth and has a far greater affinity for the West. Apart from his notable anti-corruption campaign within the government, Xi is endeavoring to improve quality of life domestically, alleviate poverty beyond urban areas, and modernize the Chinese military.