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Name: Hu Jintao                                                                           
Born: 21 December 1942 Jiangyan, China                                                   
Hu Jintao (born December 21, 1942) is currently the Paramount Leader of the People's     
Republic of China, holding the titles of General Secretary of the Communist               
Party of China since 2002, President of the People's Republic of China since             
2003, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission since 2004, succeeding             
Jiang Zemin in the fourth generation leadership of the People's Republic of               
China. Since his ascendancy Hu has reinstated certain controls on the economy             
and has been largely conservative with political reforms. His foreign policy is           
seen as less conciliatory than that of his predecessor, though China's global             
influence has increased while he has been in office.                                     
Hu's rise to the presidency represents China's transition of leadership from old,         
establishment Communists to younger, more pragmatic technocrats. For most of Hu's         
adult life he has been involved in the Communist party bureaucracy, notably as           
Party Chief for the Tibet Autonomous Region, and then later Vice-President under         
Jiang Zemin. An advocate for China's peaceful rise, Hu's political philosophy is         
summarily described as aiming to found a basis for a Harmonious Society                   
domestically and for Peaceful Development internationally, the former generated           
by a Scientific Development Concept, which seeks integrated solutions to tackle           
China's various economic, environmental and social problems.