China reaffirms stance on denuclearized Korean Peninsula

BEIJING, May 24 (UPI) -- President Xi Jinping reaffirmed China's position against a nuclear Korean Peninsula Friday, stressing that all parties must work for peace and stability.

Obama, Xi June meeting set in California

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet next month in California for wide ranging talks, the White House said.

Li Keqiang makes India first stop on his foreign visit

NEW DELHI, May 20 (UPI) -- China's official media, in its extensive coverage of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's Indian visit, sought to play down the Asian neighbors' border disputes.
U.S. reports on China military modernization

U.S. reports on China military modernization

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- China has stepped up its military modernization program and is building space and cyberspace capabilities, a U.S. Defense Department report says.

Report: China playing bigger role in Middle East

BEIJING, May 7 (UPI) -- China expects to play a bigger role in the Middle East, analysts said, as new leader Xi Jinping hosted both Palestinian and Israeli leaders.

Russia does poorly in freedom-of-press rankings

MOSCOW, May 3 (UPI) -- Russia ranked low in three media watchdog evaluations released Friday to mark World Press Freedom Day.

China to buy 60 more Airbus planes

BEIJING, April 26 (UPI) -- China has agreed to buy 60 Airbus planes, the European aircraft maker announced.

French President Hollande arrives in China for state visit

BEIJING, April 25 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande, accompanied by a business delegation, arrived Thursday in Beijing for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

U.S. military officials meet Chinese president

BEIJING, April 23 (UPI) -- The United States and China should look at the long term when assessing their cooperative relationship, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday.

Chinese activists held after protest of official corruption

BEIJING, April 21 (UPI) -- Chinese leaders have arrested six leading dissidents leading a movement demanding ruling party leaders disclose their personal wealth, officials said.

Death toll from earthquake in southwestern China 180

BEIJING, April 20 (UPI) -- A magnitude-7 earthquake rocked Sichuan province in southwestern China early Saturday, killing 180 people, officials said.
Time magazine announces 100 most influential list

Time magazine announces 100 most influential list

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- Rapper Jay-Z, tennis star Li Na and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are on Time magazine's list of the world's most 100 most influential people, announced Thursday.

Canada: Chinese energy investment welcome

BEIJING, April 17 (UPI) -- The Canadian government said it is open to more investment from Chinese energy companies.

China defense white paper talks of security threats

BEIJING, April 16 (UPI) -- China faces multiple and complicated security threats and challenges, an official defense white paper issued Tuesday said.
Diplomats wonder if China's patience with North Korea is wearing thin

Diplomats wonder if China's patience with North Korea is wearing thin

BEIJING, April 13 (UPI) -- Diplomats say North Korea's young dictator Kim Jong-un is testing the patience of seasoned elder statesmen in Pyongyang's neighbor and ally, China.
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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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