hina's ruling Communist Party unveiled its new leaders on Thursday, with Vice President Xi Jinping assuming the top spots on both the Politburo Standing Committee, the party's top tier, and the powerful military council. That effectively makes Xi China's top leader, though he won't become president until next spring. The other six members of the new standing committee are a mix of economic reformers and conservatives. Li Keqiang, a protégé of outgoing leader Hu Jintao, was tapped as the new prime minister. The change in power came at the end of the party's once-ever-five-years congress.
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