Xi Jinping - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Xi Jinping


Detained Chinese professor who criticized Xi is freed, friends say

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:21 PM

Xu Zhangrun, a law professor at Beijing's Tsinghua University, was taken from his home in the capital by a group of more than 20 people on July 6, associates say. He returned home on Sunday and was well, friends confirm.

CRITICIZING XI. A news programme shows Chinese President Xi Jinping during the closing session of the National People's Congress, on a giant screen at an intersection in Beijing on May 28, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Trump asked China's Xi for re-election help, claims Bolton

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:28 AM

According to book excerpts, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slipped Bolton a note maligning the president, saying: 'He is so full of shit'

SHAKING HANDS. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Japan Emperor, Xi Jinping convey Independence Day greetings to Duterte

Jun 12, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Emperor Naruhito and Chinese President Xi Jinping relay their Independence Day greetings to the country through President Duterte

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito (L) and Empress Masako (R) wave during a royal parade in Tokyo on November 10, 2019. - Thousands of people gathered in Tokyo on November 10 for a rare open-top car parade featuring newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, with heavy security in place for the event. (Photo by STR / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT

Xi to Duterte: PH will be 'priority' recipient of China coronavirus vaccine

Jun 12, 2020 - 12:59 PM

In a phone call on the eve of Philippine Independence Day, the Chinese leader talks to President Rodrigo Duterte about the COVID-19 pandemic

'DESPITE CHALLENGES.' President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping before the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang photo

On 45th year of diplomatic ties, PH shows complicated relationship with China

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:44 PM

On the 45th anniversary of Philippines-China relations, the Duterte government says one thing and does another

'DESPITE CHALLENGES.' President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping before the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang photo

Haunted by coronavirus, China gears up for annual congress

May 20, 2020 - 11:32 AM

Beijing is now positioning itself as a success story and potential savior for the world, offering billions of dollars in aid to fight the virus

FLAG. China's President Xi Jinping applauds during the inauguration ceremony of Macau's new Chief Executive Ho Iat-seng as part of 20th anniversary handover celebrations, in Macau on December 20, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Xi defends China's virus response, offers vaccine when ready

May 18, 2020 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) President Xi Jinping also tells the World Health Assembly that China will provide $2 billion in global COVID-19 aid over two years

CHINA'S PLEDGE. This video grab taken on May 18, 2020, from the website of the World Health Organization shows Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering a speech via video link at the opening of the World Health Assembly virtual meeting from the WHO headquarters in Geneva, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. AFP PHOTO/WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Trump threatens China ties, says in no mood for Xi talks

May 14, 2020 - 10:59 PM

Asked how the US might choose to retaliate, the President gives no specifics but strikes a threatening tone, saying: 'There are many things we could do. We could do things. We could cut off the whole relationship.'

SHAKING HANDS. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference in 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

North Korea lashes South as Kim praises China's Xi

May 08, 2020 - 12:50 PM

Kim Jong-un sends Chinese leader Xi Jinping a diplomatic communication congratulating him for China's 'success' in controlling the novel coronavirus epidemic

KIM JONG-UN. A woman walks past a television news screen showing a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending a ceremony to mark the completion of Sunchon phosphatic fertiliser factory, at a railway station in Seoul on May 2, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

China journalist jailed as clampdown on free speech intensifies

May 01, 2020 - 6:02 PM

The sentence handed down on Chen Jieren is one of the harshest moves yet against free speech by China's government under President Xi Jinping

SENTENCED. This handout photograph taken on April 30, 2020 and received on May 1 from the Hunan Province Higher People's Court, shows journalist Chen Jieren (center) and fellow defendants Liu Min (left) and Chen Weiren during their sentencing at the People's Court of Guiyang county in China's Hunan province. Handout photo/Hunan Province Higher People's Court/AFP

Putin, Xi slam attempts to blame China for late coronavirus response

Apr 17, 2020 - 10:34 AM

Xinhua reports that Putin had called 'attempts by some people to smear China' over the virus 'unacceptable'

ALLIES. Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) congratulates Russian President Vladimir Putin after presenting him with the Friendship Medal in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 8, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Duterte thanks Xi again during coronavirus briefing

Apr 14, 2020 - 4:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also dismisses theories the coronavirus was 'invented' in China

THANKING CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with some members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases on April 13, 2020. Malacañang photo

Chinese property tycoon and Xi Jinping critic under investigation

Apr 08, 2020 - 1:37 PM

Rights campaigners accuse President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party of using charges such as 'disciplinary violations' – often considered to refer to corruption – as a way to silence dissent.

BIG BOSS. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping during Macau's 20th anniversary handover celebrations, in Macau on December 20, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Xi Jinping tells Trump: China and U.S. must 'unite to fight virus'

Mar 27, 2020 - 3:14 PM

In a telephone call, Chinese President Xi tells the American president that China 'wishes to continue sharing all information and experience with the US'

WORK TOGETHER. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping greeting US President Donald Trump before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Duterte praises China's Xi during coronavirus briefing

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:55 PM

'To the Chinese government, the people, especially to President Xi Jinping, thank you for the consoling words,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

THANKING CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 46th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on March 2, 2020. Malacañang photo

China's Xi Jinping pays first visit to virus epicenter Wuhan

Mar 10, 2020 - 12:39 PM

The Chinese Communist Party leader arrives by plane in Hubei's capital for an 'inspection of the epidemic prevention and control work' in the region, says the official Xinhua news agency

China's President Xi Jinping waves as he arrives for a press briefing at the end of the final day of the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Centere at the Yanqi Lake venue outside Beijing on April 27, 2019. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / POOL / AFP)

China's Xi Jinping postpones state visit to Japan amid virus outbreak

Mar 05, 2020 - 4:14 PM

The announcement of the postponement ends weeks of speculation of whether the Chinese president's trip would go ahead amid efforts to contain the coronavirus epidemic

CANCELLED. File photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo Naohiko Hatta/AFP

Xi says China facing 'big test' with virus, global impact spreads

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:02 AM

The virus has so far killed more than 2,400 people, with about 80,000 infected globally

SITTING. An elderly man wearing a face mask to protect against the COVID-19 coronavirus sits outside of his home in Beijing on February 23, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Coronavirus is communist China's 'biggest health emergency' – Xi

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:35 PM

'This is a crisis for us and it is a big test,' says Xi Jinping, a rare acknowledgment by a Chinese leader

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. Chinese President Xi jinping speaks World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom (not pictured) during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on January 28, 2020, amid the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Photo by Naohiko Hatta / AFP

Decrying 'propaganda,' U.S. tightens rules on China state media

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:06 AM

'We all know these guys have been state-controlled forever, but that control has gotten stronger over time, and it's far more aggressive,' says a US state official

China arrests activist who criticized Xi Jinping over virus – rights group

Feb 18, 2020 - 4:24 PM

Amnesty International says anti-corruption activist Xu Zhiyong is arrested after being on the run since December

Chinese President Xi jinping speaks World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom (not pictured) during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on January 28, 2020. China urged its citizens to postpone travel abroad as it expanded unprecedented efforts to contain a viral outbreak that has killed 106 people and left other governments racing to pull their nationals from the contagion's epicentre. Naohiko Hatta / AFP

Duterte writes Xi 'letter of solidarity' amid novel coronavirus epidemic

Feb 17, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian thanks Filipinos for sending support to combat the outbreak 'despite their own difficulties'

CHINESE ENVOY. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian during Lunar New Year celebrations in Quezon City on January 26, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Beijing mobilizes masses in 'people's war' against coronavirus

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:27 AM

'Those who do not declare their fever are enemies,' proclaims a banner on a building in Yunmeng

XI. A decorative plate featuring an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen behind a statue of late communist leader Mao Zedong at a souvenir store next to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 27, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China's Xi Jinping discusses coronavirus with Trump

Feb 07, 2020 - 12:56 PM

The state broadcaster reports that Xi Jinping tells to the US president on the phone that China is 'fully confident and capable of defeating the epidemic'

Chinese president Xi Jinping walks during a welcome ceremony for Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 3, 2019. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)

Xi says China fighting 'demon' virus as contagion spreads abroad

Jan 29, 2020 - 12:12 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledges his government will be transparent and release information on the novel coronavirus in a 'timely' manner

MEETING. World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on January 28, 2020. Photo by Naohiko Hatta/AFP

IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping's name gaffe

Jan 19, 2020 - 9:33 AM

The automatic translation feature on Myanmar's Facebook page renders Chinese President Xi Jinping's name from Burmese into English as 'Mr Shithole'

HISTORIC VISIT. Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on January 17, 2020. File photo by Thet Aung/AFP

China and Myanmar 'stand together' despite Rohingya backlash

Jan 18, 2020 - 4:47 PM

The elaborate signing ceremony came between sit-down meetings with Suu Kyi and powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing, who stands accused of masterminding the Rohingya crackdown

STATE VISIT. Chinese President Xi Jinping touched down in Myanmar's capital, January 17, 2019, on a state visit aimed at buttressing the embattled government of Aung San Suu Kyi and driving through multi-billion-dollar infrastructure deals. Photo by Thet Aung/AFP

China's Xi vows 'new era' of Myanmar ties after red carpet welcome

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:14 PM

In addition to being its largest investor, China is Myanmar's indispensable ally as it reels from Western isolation over the Rohingya crisis

VOWING A 'NEW ERA.' Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on January 17, 2020.  Photo by Thet Aung/AFP

U.S., China sign 'momentous' trade deal

Jan 16, 2020 - 2:40 AM

However, Trump says he will only remove the tariffs against China 'if we're able to do phase two' of the agreement

NEW TRADE DEAL. US President Donald Trump, and China's Vice Premier Liu He (L), the country's top trade negotiator, shake hands as they sign trade agreements between the US and China during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 15, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

China carrying out 'intense' global attack on rights – HRW

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:58 AM

Human Rights Watch accuses Chinese president Xi Jin Ping of overseeing 'the most brutal and pervasive oppression that China has seen for decades'

This photo taken on September 15, 2019 shows people singing a patriotic song during an event in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province, to celebrate the 70th year of the founding of the People's Republic of China. STR / AFP

Shinzo Abe tells Xi Jinping: Hong Kong should remain 'free and open'

Dec 23, 2019 - 10:05 PM

A Japanese spokesman says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is 'very much concerned' about Hong Kong

CALL FOR RIGHTS. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a policy speech at the start of the extraordinary Diet session in Tokyo on January 28, 2019.  Martin Bureau/AFP

China's Belt and Road Initiative: Plan for domination or strategy for crisis?

Dec 20, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The Belt and Road Initiative is the ultimate example of 'gigantism' and it is inviting a transborder ecological and social disaster

Xi to lead Macau handover party as Hong Kong seethes

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Festivities center around the inauguration of a new leader for a city that China views as a shining example of its 'one country, two systems' mode

HANDOVER CELEBRATION. Tourists walk with shopping bags in front of Grand Lisboa Casino in Macau on December 15, 2019. Photo by Eduardo Leal/AFP

Xi lands in Macau for China handover anniversary party

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Security is ramped up ahead of Xi Jinping's 3-day visit which culminates on Friday. Limited details have been released by authorities on Xi's schedule.

WELCOME. Children wave the flags of China and Macau in front of a banner reading "welcome Xi Jinping" on the tarmac prior to Chinese President Xi Jinping's arrival at the Macau International Airport in Macau on December 18, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China's Xi gives Hong Kong leader 'unwavering support'

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Protesters have called for the unpopular Carrie Lam to stand down as leader, but she receives the backing of China's leadership during a visit to Beijing on Monday, December 16

LAM IN BEIJING. This handout photograph taken and released by the Hong Kong Government on December 16, 2019 shows Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) meeting with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam during her annual duty visit, in Hong Kong Hall at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. AFP PHOTO/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT

2019: Year of rough seas for PH in the face of belligerent China

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Often undetected, Chinese vessels and warships cross deeper into the Philippines' territorial seas and closer to home

Putin, Xi launch 'historic' Russian gas pipeline to China

Dec 02, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Presiding by video link-up over an elaborate televised ceremony, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping hail the 'Power of Siberia' pipeline as a symbol of cooperation

VLADIMIR PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony inaugurating the "Power of Siberia" pipeline via a video link in Sochi on December 2, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

China wants U.S. trade deal but is 'not afraid' to fight – Xi

Nov 22, 2019 - 10:47 PM

China and the US have been locked in a bruising trade conflict for more than a year, hitting each other with volleys of tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of goods

XI JINPING. China's President Xi Jinping (R) speaks during a meeting with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 22, 2019. Photo by Jason Lee/AFP

China's rulers and its restive people

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Xi Jinping has consolidated his dominant position in the ruling bloc but spontaneous protests are common among the people

Leaked China documents reveal 'no mercy' in Xinjiang – NYT

Nov 17, 2019 - 2:08 PM

(UPDATED) It provides an unprecedented look into the highly-secretive Communist Party's controversial crackdown on Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities

CRACKDOWN. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag behind razor wire at a housing compound in Yangisar, south of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Thousands in Hong Kong defy Xi with pro-democracy rallies

Nov 15, 2019 - 4:39 PM

A campaign of mass disruption in Hong Kong extends to a fifth straight day

BARRICADES. Protesters gather on a barricaded street outside The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on November 15, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China's Xi says HK violence threatens 'one country, two systems' – state media

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Xi Jinping says Beijing 'firmly supports' Hong Kong's government and police and that 'stopping violence and controlling chaos while restoring order is currently Hong Kong's most urgent task'

4TH DAY. Protesters gather on a blocked road at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 14, 2019. Photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

U.S.-China fentanyl case just 'the tip of the iceberg'

Nov 08, 2019 - 7:59 AM

Here is a look at the opioid crisis and the tensions it has caused between China and the United States

Xi, Macron back 'irreversible' Paris climate pact

Nov 06, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Major powers express regret and concern after President Donald Trump moves forward with a pullout from the Paris climate accord despite mounting evidence of the reality and impact of climate change

BACKING THE PACT. French President Emmanuel Macron (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping following a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 6, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Xi Jinping has 'high degree of trust' in Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

Nov 05, 2019 - 11:04 AM

The Chinese president and the Hong Kong executive meet on the sidelines of an international trade fair in Shanghai

This video grab taken from footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam shaking hands during their meeting in Shanghai on November 4, 2019. Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed a "high degree of trust" in Hong Kong's unpopular leader Carrie Lam as the two met in Shanghai, state media said, days after the Communist Party agreed to change the way it picks or removes the city's top official. Handout / China Central Television (CCTV) / AFP

Attempts to split China risk 'smashed' bodies – Xi Jinping

Oct 14, 2019 - 12:21 PM

'Anyone who attempts to split any region from China will perish, with their bodies smashed and bones ground to powder,' Xi Jinping says, according to China's foreign ministry

XI'S WARNING. China's President Xi Jinping (C) waves on his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport as he bids farewell, wrapping up his two-day visit to Nepal, in Kathmandu on October 13, 2019. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Modi, Xi bid to bury India and China's differences

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:16 PM

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping affirm that 'both sides will prudently manage their differences and not allow differences on any issue to become disputes'

India-China summit confirmed, with just 2 days to go

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping are set to have an 'informal summit' this week, with confirmation occurring at short notice

INDIA-CHINA RELATIONS. This handout photo taken on July 26, 2018 and released by India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shaking hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) at the 10th BRICS summit in Johannesburg. File photo by PIB/AFP

China celebrates 70 years as Hong Kong unrest looms large

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:05 AM

'Unity is iron and steel. Unity is a source of strength,' says Chinese President Xi Jinping in a speech on Monday, the eve of celebrations

Chinese troops take part in a rehearsal in front of a screen shows the emblem of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China ahead of a military parade in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

China plans triumphant 70th anniversary despite headwinds

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:54 AM

The anniversary is meant to showcase China's extraordinary rise from the ravages of war and famine to a modern, powerful nation state whose economic and military muscle is viewed by many with increasing concern

This photo taken on September 8, 2019 shows children painting an image of the emblem of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on a wall in Yangzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province, during an event to celebrate the upcoming anniversary on October 1. STR / AFP