Hu Xijin was born in 1960 and graduated from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army University of International Relations in 1982. After graduating with a master’s degree in Russian literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1989, Hu began his career as a journalist at the People’s Daily. Working as a foreign correspondent for the paper from 1993 to 1996, he covered both the Bosnian war in former Yugoslavia and the Iraq war in 2003. His book Notes from Bosnia And Herzegovina was published in 1997. From 1996 to 2005, Hu was the deputy editor-in-chief of the Global Times. He was selected as one of the “Top 10 Excellent Young Workers in Foreign Affairs” in 1999.
Hu has been the editor-in-chief of the Global Times since 2005, editing both the Chinese-language version and the English-language version after its establishment in 2009. In 2012, the Global Times launched the Global Times Foundation with Hu named the honorary president.
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