S. Korean special envoys visit China

SEOUL, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- South Korea's newly elected President Park Geun-hye Monday sent four special envoys to China to discuss various issues including North Korea.

China's 2012 growth slips to 7.8 percent

BEIJING, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- China Friday reported its economy, the second largest in the world, grew 7.8 percent in 2012, far lower than 9.3 percent in 2011 and 10.4 percent in 2010.

Censorship incident tests leadership

BEIJING, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The events set off by the anti-censorship protest by the staff of a Chinese newspaper may force China's new leaders toward political reforms, says an expert.

Faceoff occurs at Chinese newspaper

GUANGZHOU, China, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Free speech advocates faced off with supporters of Communist Party control over censorship at one of China's most liberal newspapers Tuesday, witnesses said.
Putin ranked No. 2 in power; No. 1 blank

Putin ranked No. 2 in power; No. 1 blank

MOSCOW, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin was listed No. 2 among the world's most powerful people but the top spot was left blank in a Foreign Policy magazine article.

China plans vigorous anti-corruption fight

BEIJING, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- China's Communist Party promises to fight official corruption, which has become a major problem in the country, more vigorously in 2013.

Hu stresses reform, peaceful development

BEIJING, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- China will continue with reform and opening up in 2013 to build a prosperous society, President Hu Jintao said in his New Year's broadcast address.

China fiscal deficit to go up 50 percent

BEIJING, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- China's fiscal deficit could go up by up to 50 percent next year to 1.2 trillion yuan, or $192.4 billion, under government plans.

China liquor stocks fall post military ban

BEIJING, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Liquor stocks are down sharply in China after its military, under new austerity steps, banned banquets where alcohol is served, industry experts say.
Xi Jinping, 59, to lead China into next decade

Xi Jinping, 59, to lead China into next decade

BEIJING, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The most important development in China in 2012 was the completion of the Communist Party's once-a-decade regime change that brought to the helm Xi Jinping, 59, an economic reformer who, along with other six members of the powerful Politburo Standing Committee, will lead the country in the coming decade.

China policymakers stress reforms

BEIJING, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- China will show "greater courage and intelligence" in promoting market reforms, policymakers told a conference led by the country's new leader, Xi Jinping.

Xi meets Carter, seeks better ties

BEIJING, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- China's new leader, Xi Jinping, met with visiting former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, urging "positive energy" in developing bilateral ties.

China investigating a top party official

BEIJING, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The Chinese government, under new leadership, ordered a corruption investigation of a top Communist Party official in Sichuan province, the official media said.

Xi discusses foreign policy

BEIJING, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- China's new leader Xi Jinping, in a foreign policy discussion with foreign experts in Beijing, said the country is committed to peaceful development.
China announces new leaders

China announces new leaders

BEIJING, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- China's Communist Party Thursday presented its new leadership, elected by the Central Committee, with Vice President Xi Jinping taking over as the party head.

China pays tribute to King Sihanouk

BEIJING, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The body of former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, who died in Beijing, will be taken back to his country Wednesday, Chinese media said.
Panetta: U.S. not seeking to contain China

Panetta: U.S. not seeking to contain China

BEIJING, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta assured China Washington's strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific region is not designed to contain the Asian giant.

Xi Jinping meets Panetta

BEIJING, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, absent from the public for two weeks, met Wednesday with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in his first such appearance.

Panetta arrives in Beijing

BEIJING, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Beijing Monday for a three-day visit after wrapping up a visit in Japan.
Chinese VP appearance quells health rumors

Chinese VP appearance quells health rumors

BEIJING, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping made his first public appearance in two weeks amid rumors he was sick or in a power struggle within the Communist Party.

Xi's absence stirs rumors in China

BEIJING, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Vice President Xi Jinping, tipped to be China's next top leader, has not been seen in public for about a week and that has set the rumor machine spinning.
Donilon's meetings in China 'constructive'

Donilon's meetings in China 'constructive'

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- U.S. national security adviser Tom Donilon had "constructive" meetings with senior Chinese officials in the past three days, the White House said Wednesday.

China to work with U.S. on military links

BEIJING, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- China's Defense Ministry, stressing a need for peace in the Asia-Pacific region, said it is ready to advance military-to-military links with the United States.

General tells of 'opportunity' in Pacific

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. military's greater focus on the Pacific region is "more opportunity than liability" in improving ties with China, Gen. Martin Dempsey said.

Xi, in Ireland, expresses support for euro

DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Vice President Xi Jinping, in line to become China's next leader, reassured his hosts in Ireland about his country's support for the euro and the eurozone.
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