Hu stresses reform, peaceful development

BEIJING, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- China will continue with reform and opening up in 2013 to build a prosperous society, President Hu Jintao said in his New Year's broadcast address.

China fiscal deficit to go up 50 percent

BEIJING, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- China's fiscal deficit could go up by up to 50 percent next year to 1.2 trillion yuan, or $192.4 billion, under government plans.

China liquor stocks fall post military ban

BEIJING, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Liquor stocks are down sharply in China after its military, under new austerity steps, banned banquets where alcohol is served, industry experts say.
Xi Jinping, 59, to lead China into next decade

Xi Jinping, 59, to lead China into next decade

BEIJING, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The most important development in China in 2012 was the completion of the Communist Party's once-a-decade regime change that brought to the helm Xi Jinping, 59, an economic reformer who, along with other six members of the powerful Politburo Standing Committee, will lead the country in the coming decade.

China policymakers stress reforms

BEIJING, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- China will show "greater courage and intelligence" in promoting market reforms, policymakers told a conference led by the country's new leader, Xi Jinping.

Xi meets Carter, seeks better ties

BEIJING, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- China's new leader, Xi Jinping, met with visiting former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, urging "positive energy" in developing bilateral ties.

China investigating a top party official

BEIJING, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The Chinese government, under new leadership, ordered a corruption investigation of a top Communist Party official in Sichuan province, the official media said.

Xi discusses foreign policy

BEIJING, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- China's new leader Xi Jinping, in a foreign policy discussion with foreign experts in Beijing, said the country is committed to peaceful development.
China announces new leaders

China announces new leaders

BEIJING, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- China's Communist Party Thursday presented its new leadership, elected by the Central Committee, with Vice President Xi Jinping taking over as the party head.

China pays tribute to King Sihanouk

BEIJING, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The body of former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, who died in Beijing, will be taken back to his country Wednesday, Chinese media said.
Panetta: U.S. not seeking to contain China

Panetta: U.S. not seeking to contain China

BEIJING, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta assured China Washington's strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific region is not designed to contain the Asian giant.

Xi Jinping meets Panetta

BEIJING, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, absent from the public for two weeks, met Wednesday with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in his first such appearance.

Panetta arrives in Beijing

BEIJING, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Beijing Monday for a three-day visit after wrapping up a visit in Japan.
Chinese VP appearance quells health rumors

Chinese VP appearance quells health rumors

BEIJING, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping made his first public appearance in two weeks amid rumors he was sick or in a power struggle within the Communist Party.

Xi's absence stirs rumors in China

BEIJING, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Vice President Xi Jinping, tipped to be China's next top leader, has not been seen in public for about a week and that has set the rumor machine spinning.
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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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