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Watch: Dragon battles giant spider in Beijing

Watch: Dragon battles giant spider in Beijing

BEIJING, Oct. 20 (UPI) --A giant robot dragon battled a giant robot spider at Beijing's Olympic Park to commemorate 50 years of diplomatic ties between China and France.
Ben Hooper
China fires 160,000 'phantom staff' on government payroll

China fires 160,000 'phantom staff' on government payroll

BEIJING, Oct. 7 (UPI) --China announced the removal of 162,629 people from government payrolls for evidently not doing any work, part of an anti-corruption campaign begun in 2013.
Ed Adamczyk
Dalai Lama: Pilgrimage to Tibet planned

Dalai Lama: Pilgrimage to Tibet planned

DHARMSALA, India, Oct. 2 (UPI) --The Dalai Lama said Thursday plans are being made for a return pilgrimage to Tibet after over 50 years in exile.
Ed Adamczyk
China sentences Uighur scholar Tohti to life imprisonment

China sentences Uighur scholar Tohti to life imprisonment

URUMQI, China, Sept. 23 (UPI) --A court in Urumqi, China, sentenced Uighur activist and scholar Ilham Tohti to life imprisonment Tuesday for advocating separatism.
Ed Adamczyk
Jackie Chan's son Jaycee formally arrested on drug charges

Jackie Chan's son Jaycee formally arrested on drug charges

BEIJING, Sept. 19 (UPI) --Jaycee Chan, son to kung fu action star Jackie Chan, was formally arrested Wednesday in Beijing on multiple drug charges.
Aileen Graef
The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summit

The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summit

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 (UPI) --The UN has released the list of world leaders who will be attending their summit on climate change.
Thor Benson
Japanese PM chooses women and China-friendly members for cabinet reshuffle

Japanese PM chooses women and China-friendly members for cabinet reshuffle

TOKYO, Sept. 3 (UPI) --Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet Wednesday, adding more women and lawmakers sympathetic toward China.
Aileen Graef
CNPC probing corruption

CNPC probing corruption

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (UPI) --China National Petroleum Corp. said it was undergoing an internal probe after an audit uncovered widespread corruption.
Daniel J. Graeber
Former mayor in China gets 13 years for corruption

Former mayor in China gets 13 years for corruption

ZHONGWEI CITY , China, Aug. 14 (UPI) --A Chinese former mayor received a 13-year prison sentence for embezzlement and bribery, while a bank executive will be tried for similar crimes.
Ed Adamczyk
China expels three more senior officials as part of anti-corruption campaign

China expels three more senior officials as part of anti-corruption campaign

HONG KONG, July 3 (UPI) --Three senior Chinese officials have been expelled from the Communist Party for corruption, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced Wednesday.
JC Finley
Chinese president's visit to South Korea seen as snub to North

Chinese president's visit to South Korea seen as snub to North

SEOUL , July 2 (UPI) --Chinese President Xi Jinping's first visit to South Korea this week is seen as a sign of displeasure with North Korea's leadership.
Ed Adamczyk
Senior military leader expelled in China's anti-graft campaign

Senior military leader expelled in China's anti-graft campaign

BEIJING , June 30 (UPI) --A retired Chinese military commander is the subject of a criminal investigation in China's anti-graft campaign, the highest-ranking suspect thus far.
Ed Adamczyk
North Korea proposes 'complete halt' to hostilities with South Korea

North Korea proposes 'complete halt' to hostilities with South Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea, June 30 (UPI) --North Korea proposed on Monday a "complete halt" to "all hostile military activities" with South Korea.
JC Finley
Academic denied food while in Chinese prison, his lawyer says

Academic denied food while in Chinese prison, his lawyer says

BEIJING, June 27 (UPI) --Jailed economics professor Ilham Tohti was denied food for over a week after his arrest by Chinese authorities, his lawyer said.
Ed Adamczyk
China announces crackdown on drugs

China announces crackdown on drugs

BEIJING, June 25 (UPI) --Chinese President Xi Jinping promised a crackdown on drug use and drug-related crimes in a statement Wednesday.
Ed Adamczyk
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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)
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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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