THE RISE OF XI JINPING

* June 15, 1953 – XI IS BORN

Mr Xi Jinping is born in Beijing a “princeling” child of an official. His father, Xi Zhongxun, fought in the Communist revolution and later served as an official, rising to become a liberal-minded vice premier.

* 1974 – PARTY MAN

Mr Xi joins the Communist Youth League and then, in 1974, the party, at the age of about 21.

* December 4, 1982

– TERM LIMITS INTRODUCED

* October 21, 2007 – ELITE COMMITTEE

Mr Xi is promoted into the Politburo Standing Committee. Mr Xi also becomes a vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission.

* March 15, 2008 – VICE PRESIDENT

The National People’s Congress elects Xi vice president.

* November 15, 2012 – TOP POSITIONS

Mr Xi is named general secretary of the Communist Party, and also becomes chairman of the Central Military Commission.

* December 2012 – ANTI-CORRUPTION SALVOS FIRED

Mr Xi pledges to crack down on “tigers and flies” in the party and launches what is to become China’s most sweeping anti-corruption drive.

* March 14, 2013 – PRESIDENT

The National People’s Congress elects Mr Xi president.

* October 24, 2017 – ENSHRINED

* October 25, 2017 – PARTY CHIEF AGAIN

Mr Xi is handed a second term as general secretary of the party during the 19th Party Congress.

* March 11, 2018 – END OF TERM LIMITS

The National People’s Congress votes nearly unanimously to abolish term limits for the presidency.

* March 17, 2018 – Second TERM AS PRESIDENT