Belarus, China sign $3.4B in contracts

Belarus, China sign $3.4B in contracts

MINSK, Belarus, March 25 (UPI) -- Contracts worth $3.4 billion for nuclear power construction and road upgrades were signed by China and Belarus in Minsk, the Belarusian state news agency said.
China, S. Korea agree on nuclear, climate

China, S. Korea agree on nuclear, climate

SEOUL, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Chinese and South Korean leaders agreed Thursday to increase efforts to denuclearize North Korea and fight global climate change, officials said.

Chinese, Egyptian officials meet in China

BEIJING, May 15 (UPI) -- China is prepared to increase relations with Egypt, Vice President Xi Jinping said Friday.

Chinese officials told to read more

BEIJING, May 13 (UPI) -- Chinese officials have been told to read more books as they are "of vital importance to human advancement."

China's VP to tour six countries

BEIJING, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping says economic development tops his agenda for visits to Malta and five Latin American countries this month.
Xi stresses China role in six-party talks

Xi stresses China role in six-party talks

PYONGYANG, North Korea, June 19 (UPI) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, in talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, stressed China's commitment to the talks on the North's denuclearization.
Hu to visit Japan in early May

Hu to visit Japan in early May

BEIJING, April 29 (UPI) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao, seeking to boost cooperation with Japan, will travel there May 6-10, the first such visit in a decade, officials said.

Xi: France should aim for better relations

BEIJING, April 27 (UPI) -- French officials should attempt to repair the bilateral relations between their country and China, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said Sunday.

Chinese leaders confirmed in posts

BEIJING, March 15 (UPI) -- The Chinese parliament Saturday confirmed Xi Jinping, expected to succeed President Hu Jintao in 2013, as vice president.

Analysis: China's crisis-handling problem

HONG KONG, March 7 (UPI) -- China is not prepared to handle a large-scale external crisis -- particularly in the Taiwan Strait -- it can be concluded after assessing the nation's hardware, including ammunition supplies and fuel reserves, as well as the quality of its military personnel.

China may have found successor to Hu

BEIJING, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Xi Jinping, a 54-year-old economist, appears to have emerged as the likely successor Hu Jintao as China’s next president and party head.

Hu Jintao wins second term

BEIJING, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao Monday won a new mandate to lead the country for five more years from the newly elected Communist Party’s 17th Central Committee.

China's own crisis

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- These are difficult days for Chinese President Hu Jintao, as he faces a new Party Congress that was supposed to impose his stamp upon the regime and select the next generation of leaders by appointing his chosen successors to the new Politburo standing committee.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Chinese leaders in succession battle

BEIJING, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A succession fight among top leaders in the Chinese Communist Party could open up the country's politics if it isn't resolved, The New York Times reported.

Hu loyalists seek top China positions

BEIJING, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- With Chinese President Hu Jintao expected to serve another five years, others have started to jockey for top posts that will bring them closer to Hu. The effort is to be elected to the powerful Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party, although the 17th P
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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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