Portraits Of A General Secretary As A Young Man: Xi Jinping Through The Years

The above picture was taken in 2002, when Xi Jinping was the Zhejiang Party Secretary. Look at how strapping, happy, and young he is. Does he know, in that freeze frame, that he would one day ascend to the highest political seat in the People’s Republic of China? These were your halcyon days, Mr. President, when you could afford to wear a crooked tie without risk of insult from snarky bloggers.

Shanghaiist has compiled several photos of Xi Jinping through the years, “which are doing the rounds of the Chinese internet.” We sample some of these amazing shots after the jump.

During the Cultural Revolution in Yanchuan County, Yan’an, Shaanxi province

With his father, Xi Zhongxun, in the 1980s

Zhengding County, Hebei, 1984

Muscatine, Iowa, 1985

Minjiang University, 1994.

Shanghai, 2007.

After being elected Vice Chairman in 2008

With Joe Biden, 2011

And, of course, looking as handsome as ever: as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China.

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