Chinese official for dialogue over islands

BEIJING, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A top Chinese official called for dialogue on the island dispute with Japan while a spokesman said Beijing remained on high alert over the escalating tensions.
Beijing warns Tibetan separatists

Beijing warns Tibetan separatists

BEIJING, March 2 (UPI) -- Top Chinese leaders, ahead of the annual National People's Congress, have stressed the need for social progress within Tibet but warned separatist groups off protesting.

China honors its 'father' of space efforts

BEIJING, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- China says it is commemorating the centennial birth anniversary of Qian Xuesen, considered the country's father of space technology.

China promises assistance for Myanmar

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, April 4 (UPI) -- China pledged further assistance to its neighbor Myanmar, where the military recently announced transferral of power to a civilian government.

Improved social management of Tibet urged

BEIJING, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities should strive for enhanced ethnic unity and improved social management in Tibet and Tibetan-inhabited areas, a top Chinese official said.

Communist leader urges no layoffs

BEIJING, March 3 (UPI) -- A leading Chinese political official Tuesday urged private industry not to lay off workers amid the global economic crisis.

China offers Taiwan economic help

SHANGHAI, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A senior Communist Party of China leader said Saturday his country is prepared to help Taiwan through the ongoing economic crisis.

China's CPPCC event opens with unity call

BEIJING, March 3 (UPI) -- Unity was the watchword Saturday at the convening of a key Chinese political conference in Beijing.

Religious groups' help sought

BEIJING, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A top Chinese Communist adviser has urged religious groups to help in the country's effort to promote social harmony.

China calls for warming ties with Japan

BEIJING, April 18 (UPI) -- A senior Chinese political adviser called Tuesday for a warming of relations with Japan and an end to disputed visits to a Japanese war shrine.

KMT chairman meets Jia Qinglin

BEIJING, April 29 (UPI) -- China's number four in the Communist hierarchy, Jia Qinglin, hosted a banquet Thursday night for Taiwan KMT party chairman Lien Chan visiting Beijing.

Gingrich, Jia Qinglin meet in China

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- In a meeting with a senior Chinese official, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich emphasized the need for peace if the China is to continue to prosper.
Jia Qinglin
China's President Hu Jintao (L) speaks while other new Politburo Standing Committee Members (from 2nd L to R) Zhou Yongkang, Li Keqiang, Li Changchun, Wen Jiabao, Wu Bangguo, Jia Qinglin, Xi Jinping and He Guoqiang line up at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing October 22, 2007. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver)

Jia Qinglin (simplified Chinese: 贾庆林; traditional Chinese: 賈慶林; pinyin: Jiǎ Qìnglín; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ka Kheng-lim; born March 1940 in Botou, Cangzhou, Hebei) is a senior leader of the People's Republic of China. He is the fourth ranking member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China, the Chairman and Party secretary of the National Committee of the People's Political Consultative Conference. Jia's functions as the head of China's consultative legislative body are largely ceremonial in nature. Earlier he had served as the CPC Party Chief in the country's southern Fujian province, and also as Mayor of Beijing.

An engineer by profession, and one of former General Secretary Jiang Zemin's trusted allies and protege, Jia Qinglin's rise in the politburo has been attributed due to his relationship with Jiang. Jia served in the early 1990s as the Party chief in Fujian. Jia was later transferred to Beijing in 1996 to replace then Beijing Party-chief Chen Xitong who had been arrested on charges of corruption. Jia served as the acting Mayor, Mayor and Party Chief in Beijing, coming onto the national and international spotlight during the 50th Anniversary of PRC celebrations as the event's host.

Because of his high local position and his ties with then-General Secretary Jiang Zemin, in November 2002 Jia became the fourth-ranking member on the powerful Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) of the Communist Party of China. Although his ceremonial role as the Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, a quasi-consultative upper house in China's political system, makes him fourth in the order of precedence, it is widely accepted that the position has very little power, perhaps the least amount of power in the nine PSC members. Jia Qinglin was the most senior Chinese official to attend the funeral of Zhao Ziyang. With the transition of authority to Hu Jintao in 2005, Jia appears to have been given the job of coordinating policy on Taiwan.

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