President Hu Jintao and Liu Qi, head of the Beijing Olympic organizing
committee, are on the annual list of the 100 most influential people in the
world, released on Friday by the US weekly magazine Time.
Hu and Liu are among the most influential leaders on the
list, which will appear in next Friday's edition.
Five other people of Chinese descent make the Top 100. They are Steve Chen,
one of the two creators of video sharing website YouTube; Ho Ching, CEO of
Temasek Holdings; Pony Ma, chairman of Tencent Company; New York Yankees pitcher
Wang Chien-ming; and blogger Zeng Jinyan.
An article written by Robert B. Zoellick, former US Deputy Secretary of
State, described Hu, 64, as a leader with "knowledge, intelligence and
The article said Hu's vision has been to build a "harmonious society" and he
aims to overcome the internal economic and social tensions brought on in part by
China's extraordinary growth.
Hu explains plans for a "peaceful rise" in seeking a benign external
environment, the article said.
It is the second time that Hu has made the list after his
debut in 2004.
Hu became general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party
of China (CPC) in November 2002, and became president of the People's Republic
of China in March 2003.
The magazine praised 64-year-old Liu Qi, who is also CPC secretary of
Beijing, for his efforts to make Beijing a better host of the Olympic Games.
He has been advocating "civilized behavior" among Beijing's citizens, the
For example, he has designated the 11th day of every month from now until the
Games begin on August 8, 2008, as "Learn to Queue Day".
The magazine said his efforts, including crusades against spitting, smelly
taxis, Chinglish signs and dirty toilets, are manifestations of the gargantuan
task he has been charged with in transforming China's capital both physically
and spiritually in time for the Games.
This year's list includes 71 men and 29 women, and the most notable omission
is US President George W. Bush.