Chinese pres.: Stepped-up political reform needed for economic growth

Chinese pres.: Stepped-up political reform needed for economic growth

WUHAN, China, July 24 (UPI) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said China must concentrate on political reform in major areas to overcome barriers to economic and social growth and development.

China earthquake death toll rises to 94

BEIJING, July 23 (UPI) -- Fear of more aftershocks Tuesday gripped residents in northwest China's Gansu province as the death toll from Monday's earthquake hit 94.
Biden: North Korea must be ready for genuine negotiations

Biden: North Korea must be ready for genuine negotiations

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- The United States is ready for dialogue with North Korea, but only if that country is prepared to engage in genuine negotiations, Vice President Joe Biden said.
U.S., China set up presidential hotline

U.S., China set up presidential hotline

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. and Chinese governments agreed to set up a hotline to facilitate communications at the presidential level, the State Department said Friday.

U.S., China conclude fifth S&ED meeting

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- Cybersecurity is a "critical new area" where the United States and China need shared understanding of rules, a top U.S. official said.
China wants U.S. reset over Asia-Pacific

China wants U.S. reset over Asia-Pacific

WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- A new relationship with the United States needs to be centered on policies in the Asia-Pacific region, Chinese envoy Yang Jiechi said in Washington Thursday.
China wants to focus on more than cybersecurity

China wants to focus on more than cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- The Chinese government said Wednesday it was frustrated with U.S. cybersecurity issues but would not let it derail talks on more pressing matters.

China says S&ED meeting opportunity for new relationship

WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- China is expecting the fifth Strategic and Economic Dialogue with the United States to become the basis for "a new type of major-country relationship."

Ex-China railway minister gets suspended death sentence for corruption

BEIJING, July 8 (UPI) -- Liu Zhijun, China's former railway minister, was sentenced to death with a two-year suspension for bribery and abuse of power, the state media reported Monday.

China to tighten measures in Xinjiang

URUMQI, China, July 1 (UPI) -- Chinese police said they were holding 19 people in the ethnically tense Xinjiang-Uighur region, where the latest round of violence left 35 people dead.

Violence persists in Muslim enclave in China

BEIJING, June 29 (UPI) -- Chinese leaders said they will crack down on "terrorist groups" that have staged deadly protests in the heavily Muslim western province Xinjiang.

S. Korea, China agree N. Korea needs to be denuclearized

BEIJING, June 27 (UPI) -- South Korea and China Thursday reached an agreement that it is in both of their interest that North Korea abandon its nuclear program.
China, South Korea warn Pyongyang on nukes

China, South Korea warn Pyongyang on nukes

BEIJING, June 27 (UPI) -- Denuclearization of North Korea is in the common national security interest of the Chinese and South Korean governments, South Korea's president said.

Leaders of China, South Korea to discuss North Korea at summit

BEIJING, June 26 (UPI) -- A meeting of the presidents of South Korea and China will be closely watched for their policy coordination regarding North Korea, analysts say.

Chinese secure foreign oil in $100B buying spree

LUANDA, Angola, June 26 (UPI) -- In recent weeks, state-owned Chinese oil companies have paid $1.5 billion for a stake in an Angolan oil field and bought a $4.2 billion share in an offshore Mozambique gas field, part of a global spending binge by Beijing to secure foreign oil resources.
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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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