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.
Donilon's meetings in China 'constructive'

Donilon's meetings in China 'constructive'

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- U.S. national security adviser Tom Donilon had "constructive" meetings with senior Chinese officials in the past three days, the White House said Wednesday.

China to work with U.S. on military links

BEIJING, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- China's Defense Ministry, stressing a need for peace in the Asia-Pacific region, said it is ready to advance military-to-military links with the United States.

General tells of 'opportunity' in Pacific

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. military's greater focus on the Pacific region is "more opportunity than liability" in improving ties with China, Gen. Martin Dempsey said.

Xi, in Ireland, expresses support for euro

DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Vice President Xi Jinping, in line to become China's next leader, reassured his hosts in Ireland about his country's support for the euro and the eurozone.
Xi to allow more U.S. films in China

Xi to allow more U.S. films in China

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A new agreement will ease China's restriction on the number of movies that can be imported from the United States.
Chinese VP wraps U.S. visit at Lakers game

Chinese VP wraps U.S. visit at Lakers game

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- China's vice president was on his way to Europe this weekend after a five-day visit to the United States, Beijing announced Saturday.

China OKs greater access for U.S. films

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- China will increase market access for U.S. movies, making it "easier than ever before" to market American films in China, Vice President Joe Biden said.
Biden: Xi 'straight forward,' 'honest'

Biden: Xi 'straight forward,' 'honest'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Friday praised his Chinese counterpart during a Los Angeles visit as a man who is "absolutely straight forward" and "open."
Xi: Eco-friendly trade 'solid foundation'

Xi: Eco-friendly trade 'solid foundation'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- The Port of Los Angeles' eco-friendly policies are "a solid foundation" for U.S.-China business, China's vice president said ahead of a trade talk Friday.
China snubs U.S. religious-freedom envoy

China snubs U.S. religious-freedom envoy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- China denied a top U.S. envoy a visa after forbidding her to meet with officials days before Vice President Xi Jinping's Washington trip, rights advocates said.
Most see U.S.-China relations as friendly

Most see U.S.-China relations as friendly

PRINCETON`, N.J., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A strong majority of U.S. residents and opinion leaders say they think U.S.-China relations are friendly, a Gallup poll released Tuesday indicated.

Obama's schedule for Tuesday, Feb. 14

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to the White House Tuesday, the daily schedule indicated.
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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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