Biden tells Xi U.S. 'deeply concerned' by air defense zone

Biden tells Xi U.S. 'deeply concerned' by air defense zone

BEIJING, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden told Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday the United States has "deep concerns" about China's air defense zone over disputed waters.

Resource-hungry Chinese lead railroad drive in Africa

MOMBASA, Kenya, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The Chinese, investing heavily in Africa to secure its oil and other raw materials for their expanding economy, are spearheading a new era of railroad building to unlock the continent's interior.
Cameron, Xi express optimism over bilateral future

Cameron, Xi express optimism over bilateral future

BEIJING, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday a visit by the British prime minister was indicative of the strong foundation developing under bilateral affairs.

Biden heads to Asia for talks with Japan, China, South Korea

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden headed to Asia Sunday for talks with Japanese, Chinese and South Korean leaders on regional and global issues.

Nine arrested in deadly China pipeline blast

QINGDAO, China, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Chinese police said Tuesday seven employees from energy company Sinopec were among those arrested in a deadly oil pipeline accident last week.

9 people held in China oil pipeline blast

BEIJING, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Police were holding nine people, including seven with the Sinopec refinery, in the deadly oil pipeline blast in China's coastal Qingdao city, officials said.

Chinese leader orders pipeline safety check after blast that killed 52

BEIJING, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping called for an investigation of country's oil and natural gas pipeline network after an explosion that killed at least 52 people.

China urges Iran to seek positive results from Geneva talks

BEIJING, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Iran should seize the opportunity and seek positive results at the new round of P5+1 talks on its nuclear program, Chinese President Xi Jinping said.

China lauds U.S. partnership

BEIJING, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday his country was working on a "new type of relationship" with his counterparts in the United States.
China to ease one-child family rule

China to ease one-child family rule

BEIJING, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- China will ease its decades-long one-child family policy, allowing couples to have two children, the Communist Party of China determined Friday.
Xi boosts China's economic recovery and security

Xi boosts China's economic recovery and security

Nov. 13 (UPI) -- China is to create two new governing bodies to tackle foreign policy and economic reform, aiming to boost the economy and urbanize the country while solidifying Communist Party power in domestic affairs.
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Yemen committed to peace, its president says

Yemen committed to peace, its president says

BEIJING, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Yemeni President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi, in Beijing, said he was resolved to solve his country's national security issues in the most peaceful way possible.
China to let market play 'decisive' role

China to let market play 'decisive' role

BEIJING, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- China's Communist Party Central Committee, led by a new leadership, acknowledged the market's "decisive role" in shaping the country's economic future.
Western-style political changes unlikely outcome of China gathering

Western-style political changes unlikely outcome of China gathering

BEIJING, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Chinese leaders dispelled thoughts of Western-style political reform Friday, the eve of a Central Committee meeting on the president's economic blueprint.

Deeper reforms expected at Chinese Communist Party plenary session

BEIJING, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Deeper economic reforms and opening up that President Xi Jinping has been promising will be the focus at the upcoming key meeting of China's top leadership.
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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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