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Xi Jinping takes reins in China transition

Published 15/11/2012

Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping has become leader of China, securing the Communist Party's top spot as the country faces slower economic growth and rising public demands for change.

The state Xinhua News Agency today confirmed Mr Xi's elevation to party general secretary.

Mr Xi also was appointed head of the commission that oversees the military.

The selection of Mr Xi follows a pivotal party congress that underlined the communists' determination to remain firmly in power.

Mr Xi is the son of a party elder and has served as vice president for the past five years.

He will lead the world's second largest economy and newest diplomatic and military power amid increasingly vocal calls for economic and political reform.

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