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Xi Confirmed as China’s New Leader

William Ide, BEIJING (VOA): After months of speculation and a messy political scandal, China’s Communist Party leaders have selected a new group of seven men to be the country’s core leaders and set its agenda for the coming decade.

China’s Xi Jinping has succeeded Hu Jintao, taking over his top positions as head of the Communist Party and the country’s powerful military.

The new group of men tasked with guiding the world’s second largest economy is rising up as China’s fifth generation of leaders at a time when the country is facing a vast range of challenges and when calls for reform are growing.

Xi seemed keenly aware of those problems and mentioned them directly in a short but pointed address that political analysts say is setting the tone for his tenure in office.

“Our people have a fervent love for life,” he said. “They wish to have better education, more stable jobs, more income, greater social security, better medical and health care, improved housing conditions, and a better environment.”

Published Date: Thursday, November 15th, 2012 | 10:01 AM

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