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.

Western banks allegedly help Chinese officials dodge taxes

MUNICH, Germany, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Documents leaked in 2011 show that families of high-ranking Chinese officials have been hiding assets in Caribbean tax havens, a German newspaper said.

China to try rights activists

BEIJING, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- China's most prominent rights activist Xu Zhiyong faced trial Wednesday under the country's Communist party rule that doesn't tolerate dissent.

Chinese President Xi to attend Winter Olympics opening ceremony

BEIJING, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the Winter Olympics' opening ceremony Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday.

Trial set for Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong

BEIJING, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong, convinced his conviction is all but certain in an upcoming Beijing trial, plans to fight the charges, his lawyer said Friday.

Sinopec reveals causes of fatal November pipeline blast

BEIJING, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Chinese energy company Sinopec published a statement on a fatal November oil pipeline explosion, blaming worker error and corrosion for the accident.

Xi Jinping promises to implement reforms in 2014

BEIJING, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping in his New Year address promised to make "new strides" on the path of reform and opening up the country.

China says it is ready to advance ties with U.S.

BEIJING, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- China will work toward further advancing ties with the United States in the New Year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
Communist Party of China holds symposium to commemorate Mao Zedong

Communist Party of China holds symposium to commemorate Mao Zedong

BEIJING, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The Communist Party of China marked the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong's birth with a symposium, party officials said.
Chinese Communist party determined to fight corruption

Chinese Communist party determined to fight corruption

BEIJING, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- The central committee of China's Communist party warned official corruption remains a "critical" problem in the country and must be fought.

China sacks security minister

BEIJING, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- China's new leadership, fighting corruption, fired a senior security official for "suspected serious law and discipline violations," official media said.

Chinese president congratulates Bolivia on launch of first satellite

XICHANG, China, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- China sent the first Bolivian communications satellite into orbit early Saturday morning from the Xichang launch center, officials said.

China's massive water diversion project starts delivering water

BEIJING, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A portion of China's massive South-to-North Water Diversion Project has started to supply water.
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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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