Xi Jinping takes over reins of China's Communist Party
Xi Jinping has taken over as leader of China, securing the Communist party's top spot.
Jinping's elevation to party general secretary and chairman of the commission that oversees the People's Liberation Army was announced in a dispatch by the state Xinhua news agency.
He will lead a new seven-member collective leadership of technocrats that include Li Keqiang, the presumptive premier; vice-premier Zhang Dejiang; Shanghai party secretary Yu Zhengsheng; propaganda chief Liu Yunshan; vice-premier Wang Qishan; and Tianjin party secretary Zhang Gaoli.
According to the Guardian, Jinping, the son of a party elder, and vice-president for the past five years, will lead the world's second-largest economy amid increasing calls for economic and political reforms.
Jinping takes over the party leadership from the stiff and technocratic Hu Jintao and is expected to assume the presidency in March.