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Communist party leader Hu Jintao became vice president of China in 1998 and president in 2003. His administration has focused on social and economic reform.
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Hu Jintao was born on December 21, 1942, in Jiangyan, China. In 1985, he was made Chinese Communist Party secretary for Guizhou Province. In 1987, he became a member of the CCP Central Committee and was appointed provincial party secretary a year later. In 1992, he was named a member of the Secreteriat. Five years later he was elected vice president of China. In 2003, he was elected president.
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