Hu Jintao (Simplified: 胡锦涛; Traditional: 胡錦濤; Hanyu pinyin: Hú Jǐntāo) is the former Paramount Leader of China, meaning he has been in charge of all branches of the government. Officially, he was President, Chairman of the Military Commission and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. He succeeded Jiang Zemin in all of these positions. In 2012 Jintao stepped down as party leader. Now Xi Jinping rules the country.