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Xi Jinping, leader of China: a profile of enigma

STANDFIRST: Profile: Since coming to power in March, he has introduced huge reforms yet clamped down on freedom of speech. So who, exactly, will David Cameron meet on his trip to Beijing this week In early November, China’s most powerful man, Xi Jinping, stepped into a rustic farmhouse while on an…

Hard issues on table at Obama, Xi ‘informal’ summit

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, launched straight into discussing thorny issues at an informal summit and may delve deeper when they meet again on Saturday. The two-day talks at a desert retreat near Palm Springs, California, was meant to be…

China’s Xi meets skeptical U.S. lawmakers

WASHINGTON — China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping on Wednesday confronted US lawmakers skeptical about Beijing’s pledges to improve its rights record, ease its grip on the yuan and boost military cooperation. Xi, the vice president expected to assume the mantle of power next year in Beijing, made the rounds on Capitol…

U.S. lawmakers to meet China VP

China’s heir apparent Xi Jinping will meet US lawmakers critical ofBeijing on Wednesday before heading to the heartland state of Iowa for a reunion with ordinary Americans he met on a 1985 exchange. US concerns over trade policy and human rights could come to the fore as Xi meets top US legislators in an election…

Visiting China VP urges U.S. to ‘promote trust’

China’s Vice President Xi Jinping will meet US President Barack Obama on Tuesday in a key early test for Washington’s relations with the man on course to lead the Asian power for the next decade. Xi will start a week-long visit with a welcome at the White Houseand talks with Obama and other top US officials,…

Tibet protesters arrested in U.S. amid China visit

WASHINGTON — Police on Monday arrested activists who unfurled a banner reading, “Tibet Will be Free,” on a major Washington bridge during a closely watched visit by China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping. Officers briefly took four people into custody after they rappelled down the Arlington Memorial Bridge, which connects Virginia with…

China’s vice president warns against U.S. military focus on Asia

China’s likely next leader Xi Jinping warned the United States against plans to boost its military strength in Asia as he prepared for a closely watched visit to Washington starting Monday. China’s vice president, who is tipped to rule the rising Asian power until 2023, called on the United States…

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