U.S. and China agree to reduce climate-damaging HFCs

WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- The United States and China have agreed to reduce the use of hydro fluorocarbons, or HFCs, a heat-trapping pollutant typically used in refrigerators, air conditioners and other industrial and household products.

Nobel Prize-winning activist's relative gets hefty jail sentence

BEIJING, June 9 (UPI) -- A Chinese court Sunday sentenced the brother-in-law of imprisoned Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison on fraud charges.

Obama, Xi agree to cooperate on phasing down HFC usage

LOS ANGELES, June 8 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed on a plan to cut "consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons," the White House said.

Dissident's family allowed passports for U.S. trip

BEIJING, June 8 (UPI) -- The mother and brother of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng say they hope to visit him in the United States now that they have received passports.
Obama, Xi hold summit at California estate

Obama, Xi hold summit at California estate

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., June 7 (UPI) -- President Obama Friday welcomed President Xi Jinping of China to the United States as they began a two-day summit.

Africans get tough with mineral-hungry China

ACCRA, Ghana, June 7 (UPI) -- Ghanaian authorities have arrested 168 Chinese for illegal gold mining while Gabon plans to recover assets from a subsidiary of Chinese oil giant Sinopec amid a growing wave of resentment across Africa against Beijing's efforts to lock up vital resources.
Obama touts Affordable Care Act during California trip

Obama touts Affordable Care Act during California trip

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said in California Friday the state is an example of how healthcare reform will help U.S. residents.

Poll: 44 percent say China is U.S. friend; 14 percent call China enemy

PRINCETON, N.J., June 7 (UPI) -- Forty-four percent of Americans think China is a country that is friendly to the United States, a Gallup poll indicated.

U.N.'s Ban upbeat on Korean peace prospects

UNITED NATIONS, June 7 (UPI) -- The initial steps toward diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula could lay the foundation for long-term trust on both sides, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
Campbell: Obama- Xi meeting could set future U.S.-China relationship

Campbell: Obama- Xi meeting could set future U.S.-China relationship

LOS ANGELES, June 7 (UPI) -- California talks between U.S. President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping could establish "how our two countries work together," a U.S. official said.

Obama schedule for Friday, June 7

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- President Obama issues a statement about the Affordable Care Act and meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in California Friday, the White House said.
White House: Obama to ask Xi to take cyberattack 'responsibility'

White House: Obama to ask Xi to take cyberattack 'responsibility'

WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- President Obama will call on Chinese President Xi Jinping to take responsibility for anti-U.S. cyberattacks when they meet, a senior White House official said.
Trapped in the cul de sac of no good choices

Trapped in the cul de sac of no good choices

WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- Series of complex issues around the world leave the United States with few good options to help bring any of the problem to a positive outcome.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Obama traveling to California for diplomacy and politics

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- President Obama will travel to California this week with politics and diplomacy on his agenda, the White House said Tuesday.

U.S, Japan, S. Korea assesses regional threat

SINGAPORE, June 3 (UPI) -- Long-range missile activity and the February test of a nuclear device by North Korea are considered acts of provocation, a joint U.S.-Japan statement said.
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Xi Jinping
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)

Xi Jinping (simplified Chinese: 习近平; traditional Chinese: 習近平; pinyin: Xí Jìnpíng; IPA: ; born 1 June 1953) is a high ranking politician of the People's Republic of China. He currently serves as the top-ranking member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China, the country's Vice President, Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Principal of the Central Party School and the 6th ranked member of the Politburo Standing Committee, China's de facto top power organ.

Son of Communist veteran Xi Zhongxun, Xi Jinping served mostly in Fujian province in his early career, and was later appointed party chief of the neighboring Zhejiang province, and then was appointed as Shanghai's party chief following the dismissal of Chen Liangyu. Known for his tough stance on corruption and a frank openness about political and market economy reforms, Xi's combination of positions makes him the presumptive heir to current General Secretary and President Hu Jintao and the emerging leader of the Communist Party of China's fifth generation of leadership.

Xi Jinping was born in June 1953 in Beijing and is, by Chinese convention, a native of Fuping County, Shaanxi, his ancestral home. He is the youngest son of Xi Zhongxun, one of the founders of the Communist guerrilla movement in Shaanxi Province in northern China and former Vice-Premier. At the time his father served as the head of the Communist Party's propaganda department, and later Vice-Chairman of the National People's Congress. When Xi was 10, during the Cultural Revolution, his father was purged and was sent to work in a factory in Luoyang, and jailed in 1968. Without the protection of his father, Xi went to work in Yanchuan County, Yan'an, Shaanxi, in 1969 in Mao Zedong's Down to the Countryside Movement. He later became the Party branch Secretary of the production team. When he left in 1975, he was only 22 years old. When asked about this experience later by state television, Xi recalled it saying, "...it was emotional. It was a mood. And when the ideals of the Cultural Revolution could not be realised, it proved an illusion...".

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