(AP) ó Xi Jinping has become leader of China, securing the Communist Partyís top spot as the country faces slower economic growth and rising public demands for change.

The state Xinhua News Agency on Thursday confirmed Xiís 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 communistsí 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 worldís No. 2 economy and newest diplomatic and military power amid increasingly vocal calls for economic and political reform.

Xi Jinping takes helm of China amid reform calls