Chinese president visits pandas in Brussels zoo

Chinese president visits pandas in Brussels zoo

March 31 (UPI) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife visited pandas in the Brussels' zoo as part of the first visit to the city by a Chinese leader in almost 40 years.
Aileen Graef
Families of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 passengers protest in Beijing

Families of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 passengers protest in Beijing

March 25 (UPI) -- Relatives of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines flight 370 rallied outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing Tuesday, refusing to accept that hall had perished.
JC Finley
China's foreign minister: Country will continue broader foreign policy

China's foreign minister: Country will continue broader foreign policy

BEIJING, March 8 (UPI) -- Last year was a time for "innovation and harvest" as China broadened its role in the outside world, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday.
Pope Francis: There's room for non-marital civil unions

Pope Francis: There's room for non-marital civil unions

VATICAN CITY, March 5 (UPI) -- The Catholic Church could tolerate some types of non-marital civil unions as a way to guarantee property rights and healthcare, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Chinese police arrest three in Kunming train station massacre

KUNMING, China, March 3 (UPI) -- Chinese police said Monday three people suspected in the terrorist attack in which 29 people died in Kunming have been captured.

Chinese Pres. Xi urges punishment of terrorists after deadly attack

KUNMING, China, March 2 (UPI) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping Sunday called for swift action to bring those responsible for a deadly terror attack in Kunming to justice.

Is this a recovery yet?

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Despite the temporary disruptions of an unusually harsh winter, the world's two biggest economic blocks are helping rather than hindering the global economy.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Kerry: China prepared to make sure North Korea drops nuclear program

Kerry: China prepared to make sure North Korea drops nuclear program

BEIJING, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Chinese leaders have made it clear North Korea must eventually give up its nuclear weapons program, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.
Obama, King Abdullah to meet at serene California estate

Obama, King Abdullah to meet at serene California estate

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A Southern California estate in Rancho Mirage offers heads of state a serene setting to discuss sensitive subjects, a Heritage Foundation research fellow said.

Pentagon wants to keep 'decisive advantage' in Asia

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. military can't afford to lose its competitive edge to Asian powers like China, which is spending more on defense, a top Pentagon official said.
Putin says Russia-China ties getting 'better and better'

Putin says Russia-China ties getting 'better and better'

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said ties between his country and China "get better and better" and it may seem there is little room left for improvement.

Obama, many other western leaders staying away from Olympics

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A number of prominent world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, are giving the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Russia a pass.

The inequality craze

PARIS, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama, Pope Francis, the International Monetary Fund and this year's Davos meeting all agreed that rising inequality is one of the great issues of our time.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

China trial of activist ends after a day of hearing, his lawyer says

BEIJING, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- No verdict was issued following a day-long hearing in a Chinese court of noted activist Xu Zhiyong on charges of organizing an demonstration, CNN reported.

China's think tanks, despite number, seen lacking in quality

BEIJING, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- China has the world's second-largest number of think tanks after the United States, but experts question their quality.
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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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