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Xi Jinping to lead China for the next decade

Xi was sworn in as general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).


A new generation of top Chinese leaders took the stage on Thursday in one of the world’s most important power transitions, taking the helm of the ruling party of the world’s second-largest economy and the most populous country, Xinhua. Xi Jinping was sworn in as general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), leading the seven-seat Political Bureau Standing Committee. Xi Jinping replaces Hu Jintao, under whose administration China has seen a decade of extraordinary growth, according to the BBC. The move marks the official passing of power from one generation to the next. The other six members of the top leadership of the Party’s central leading organ are Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli. Their election marked a smooth top leadership transition following the 16th national congresses of the Party in 2002, Xinhua notes. The smooth transition suggests that the Party is moving steadily towards an established norm regarding the handing over of power, which will be crucial for sustained stability and development of the country, analysts observed. The leaders made their debut upon their election at the Great Hall of the People under the spotlight of hundreds of reporters from across the world. Xi said they will take “the relay baton passed on to us by history” and make continued efforts to achieve the renewal of the Chinese nation. “We will rally and lead the whole Party and the people in making continued efforts to free our minds, carry out reform and open up,” Xi said.Xi noted that the Party faces many severe challenges and that there are many pressing problems within the Party, citing corruption, a separation from the people and bureaucracy. Amid global economic uncertainties and domestic complaints over the wealth gap, corruption and environmental woes with rising calls for deepened reform, analysts said China will face more challenges in the years to come.The seven Standing Committee members of the Political Bureau have witnessed and endured China’s vicissitudes and hardships over the last six decades, including the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).Xi and Li were born in the 1950s, while the other five were born in the mid- to late 1940s.Xi, Li, Zhang Dejiang and Wang toiled in communes and villages during the Cultural Revolution, when millions of high school graduates were sent to rural areas to receive “re-education” from peasants and help with rural development. It was during their re-education that Xi and Li received their first official titles. Acting as the Party branch secretaries of their respective production brigades, they got the chance to learn administration at the grassroots level.Xi previously said that he received a great deal of guidance from two groups of people: the old generation of revolutionaries and the village people in Shaanxi, his ancestral home where he received seven years of “re-education.”

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