Xi Jinping takes helm of China amid reform calls
Xi Jinping has become leader of China, securing the Communist Party's top spot as the country faces slower economic growth and rising public demands for change.
The state Xinhua News Agency on Thursday confirmed Xi's elevation to party general secretary. Xi also was appointed head of the commission that oversees the military.
The selection of Xi follows a pivotal party congress that underlined the communists' determination to remain firmly in power.
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