Xi Jinping becomes China's new top leader among 7 most powerful figures of China

Updated:Thu, Nov 15, 2012 14:27 PM   By Bernd Chang

Xi Jinping,Top leader of China

China's new top leader Xi Jinping for the coming decade. Xi Jinping assumes the general secretary of CPC and chairman of central military commision of China on Thursday from the outgoing Hu Jintao,who has been widely praised in China for his relinquish of all his titles.

Replacing Hu Jintao, Xi Jinping was elected general secretary of CPC and chairman of Central Military Committee, making him the top leader of China for the coming decade. Other most powerful figures of China are Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, and Zhang Gaoli.


China on Thursday completed its once-in-a-decade leadership transition, naming, as expected, Xi Jinping, the 59-year-old son of a famed Communist revolutionary general Xi Zhongxun, to the party’s top position, general secretary. He will also take over in March as the country’s president from outgoing leader Hu Jintao.

In a surprise, Xi Jinping also takes over the title as chairman of the Central Military Commission from Hu Jintao. With Xi now taking over the chairmanship of the military body, China’s transition is now virtually complete, lessening the prospect of a lingering rivalry for influence between the outgoing and incoming leaders.

Xi, in his remarks, said the party’s trust and people’s expectations “are a source of tremendous encouragement for us, and put enormous responsibility on our soldiers.”

“The people’s desire for a better life is what we shall fight for,” Xi said. He said his main job was to “steadfastly take the road of prosperity for all.”

He said the ruling Communist Party would be “proud but not complacent, and we will never rest on our laurels.” He said the party suffered from problems of “corruption, taking bribes, being out of touch with the people, [and] undue emphasis on bureaucracy and formalities.”

After Xi and the No. 2 official, Li Keqiang, who will become premier, the other top officials, in order of their new rank, are Zhang Dejiang, 66, a North Korean-trained economist now running Chongqing; Yu Zhengsheng, 67, the Shanghai party boss; and Liu Yunshan, 65, the head of the Communist Party’s propaganda department. The final two on the seven-member committee are Wang Qishan, 64, known for his economic management skills, who will be in charge of anti-corruption efforts as head of the party’s discipline commission in the new government; and Zhang Gaoli, 66, the party boss in Tianjin.


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