Xi Jinping takes helm of China amid reform calls

  • Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:10 p.m.
AP photo
Chinese paramilitary policemen march near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
AP photo Chinese paramilitary policemen march near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

(AP) — 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 on Thursday confirmed Xi’s elevation to party general secretary. Xi also was appointed head of the commission that oversees the military.

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

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 No. 2 economy and newest diplomatic and military power amid increasingly vocal calls for economic and political reform.

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