On November 15, 2012 China introduced new leaders with vice president Xi Jinping as the head of the revamped line-up. Jinping will be handling the reigns of the Asian powerhouse for the next decade as he replaces Hu Jintao as president in March, 2013.
Xi Jinping has been appointed the head of China’s ruling communist party in a relatively smooth transition. It was revealed to the state media that the 59-year-old was now in charge, following the outcome of the meetings held at the China Communist Party’s (CPC) all-important Politburo Standing Committee.
The constitution of the party maintains that its top leadership must retire every ten years and a new set of leaders are to be unveiled to lead China. The CPC is considered to be the worlds largest political party with roughly 80 million members. The new leader is expected to take charge from today November 15, 2012 and will formally take over the government from March next year. Till then, Hu and other leaders will continue in their government posts.
Jinping has the tag of being a hereditary communist for being the son of a former Deputy Prime Minister, who was later persecuted by party founder Mao Zedong. Xi’s father Zhongxun served as Deputy Prime Minister from 1959 to 1962 and fell out of favor with Mao for his moderate views.