hinese President Hu Jintao stepped down as leader of the ruling Communist Party on Wednesday, clearing the way for Vice President Xi Jinping to take control of the party on Thursday. China is wrapping up its once-a-decade transfer of power, with Hu's generation — in their late 60s — handing the reins to Xi's late-50s cohort. Unknown is whether Hu will stay on as head of the powerful commission that oversees the military for a transition period. This is only the second orderly transfer of power in the Communist Party's 63 years ruling China.
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