President Xi Jinping is widely seen as China's most powerful leader since Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong.
That has also made him one of the most influential people in the global auto industry — a man whose policies roil the world's biggest market and whose vision of transportation shapes what automakers and suppliers from Detroit to Stuttgart are planning in order to compete in China.
He also is President Donald Trump's No. 1 adversary in the U.S.-China trade war, in which the U.S. seeks to bring down its trade imbalance with Xi's nation.
But Xi, 67, has a freer hand in China than his American counterparts do in Washington.
Xi is head of state, head of the Chinese Communist Party and head of the military, and he chairs a powerful planning team known as the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs.