Xi Jinping

France signs deals with China but warns against ‘pillaging’ 

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron oversaw the signing on Jan. 9 of business deals worth billions of dollars, seeking better trade ties even as France’s finance minister boasted of rejecting those investments he likened to “pillaging.”

Chinese leader tells troops "not to fear death"

Xi told the troops gathered in the Hebei province "to always be ready to fight and sure to win," and that they should fear neither hardship nor death."

According to the Guardian, the move was designed to "further strengthen his political position." The British newspaper also said that the Chinese president "reaffirmed his status as China's most dominant leader since Chairman Mao."