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Published: 15 November, 2012, 08:08
Edited: 15 November, 2012, 11:39

Chinese Vice president Xi Jinping. (AFP Photo / Mark Ralston)

Chinese Vice president Xi Jinping. (AFP Photo / Mark Ralston)

Xi Jinping has been elected General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and will also now be the country’s commander-in-chief, making him de facto leader of the world’s most populous country.

­In a no-surprise promotion on Thursday, veteran politician Xi was confirmed to be China's paramount leader for the next 10 years. Wearing a dark suit, he led the new seven-man Central Politburo Standing Committee – the highest decision-making body in China, composed of senior state officials – to their unveiling in the monumental Great Hall of the People.

Xi has also been named chairman of the Central Military Commission, putting China’s military under his control. The news comes as the Communist Party of China (CPC) wrapped up its 18th congress.

The 59-year-old son of the late communist elder Xi Zhongxun, Xi Jinping is part of the "princeling" generation – offspring of figures who played key roles in bringing the Communist Party to power in 1949.

Like many other young educated Chinese, he was sent to live in the countryside to live and work in exile alongside peasants during Chairman Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution of 1966-76. 

Newly-elected General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. (AFP Photo / Carlos Barria)
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In his acceptance speech, Xi admitted that the Communist Party has its problems with corruption, detachment from the people and bureaucratic tendencies among some of its members.

He pledged to address these issues by working “with all the comrades in the party to uphold the principle that the party should supervise its own conduct and run itself with strict discipline."

He also praised the people of China, saying that their “desire for a better life is what we shall fight for” and that ''If we unite as one people, there is no difficulty we cannot overcome.''

"It is the people who have created history, and it is the people who are true heroes. The people are the source of our strength," Xi said.

The new leader replaces Hu Jintao, under whose administration China saw a decade of extraordinary growth despite the global financial crisis.

Xi was first unofficially slated to take this position five years ago during the previous congress of the CPC. He’s been a member of  the Standing Committee of the Politburo since 2007.

He is believed to be a pragmatic and skilled politician capable of finding consensus among different factions in the party. Like his predecessor, he is expected to continue cautiously opening China’s economy to market reforms while maintaining tight grasp on the political sphere.

“The new leadership showed that China valued stability and continuity above everything else. They will continue to grow economically, but politically there will not be any changes,” Francis Lun, managing director of Lyncean holdings, told RT.

Chinese singer Peng Liyuan, wife of Xi Jingping (AFP Photo / Imaginechina)
Chinese singer Peng Liyuan, wife of Xi Jingping (AFP Photo / Imaginechina)

His term in office may bring more change in the public image of Chinese leaders, especially abroad. For more than 20 years he has been married to acclaimed Chinese folk music singer Peng Liyuan, who has long been better-known to the general public than her husband. She is also a civilian member of the army, holding the rank of a major general and a position in the military musical troupe.

Some observers expect Peng to take a more active role than the wives of previous Chinese leaders, serving as counterpart to first ladies in Western countries.

Xi and Peng have a daughter, Xi Mingze, who is currently studying at Harvard.

The six other members of the newly-elected committee are Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, and Zhang Gaoli.

The new Chinese leadership will gradually take over responsibility for the country over the next several months. Hu Jintao's presidency will formally end at the annual parliamentary session in March 2013.

Xi Jinping (C) stands with Zhang Gaoli (L) and Li Keqiang (R) as Xi emerges as the head of the newly reshuffled seven member Communist Party of China Politburo Standing Committee on November 15, 2012. (AFP Photo / Mark Ralston)
Xi Jinping (C) stands with Zhang Gaoli (L) and Li Keqiang (R) as Xi emerges as the head of the newly reshuffled seven member Communist Party of China Politburo Standing Committee on November 15, 2012. (AFP Photo / Mark Ralston)
People talk about Chinese politics issues as a screen shows newly-elected General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Xi Jinping speaking during a news conference,  at Beijing′s Wangfujing Street, November 15, 2012. (AFP Photo / Jason Lee )
People talk about Chinese politics issues as a screen shows newly-elected General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Xi Jinping speaking during a news conference, at Beijing's Wangfujing Street, November 15, 2012. (AFP Photo / Jason Lee )
The Communist Party of China′s new Politburo Standing Committee. (AFP Photo / Mark Ralston)
The Communist Party of China's new Politburo Standing Committee. (AFP Photo / Mark Ralston)
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A customer stands with restaurant workers underneath a painting as they watch television showing the new leadership line-up of China's ruling Communist Party in Beijing. (Reuters / David Grey)
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teddyformusic November 16, 2012, 02:59
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Sagidragon wrote in #16

The USA has become very ignorant in the information 




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I said what I said about americans in GENERAL -- not JUSt the pundist, media, commentators, leaders -- etc....that hold the "exceptional america" notion -- because even after REPEATED evidence to the contrary -- both from my personal experience with them -- and the evidence they can easily see around them in their own lives -- americans RETURN , habitually , to the notion of exceptionalism.........


in fact just yesterday - after some workmates asked ME what My opinion was about the Scandal Generals -- etc ...i proceeded toe xplain to them why that is NOT the real issue -- "it's your empire...your surveillance state that just now caught UP with ITS own Authors like the generals"......etc....



explaining to them, list by list, WHY their notions and usage of "democracy" "land of the free"....."land of opportunity" ect.........


are FAR from what they think........they then -- because of a social gathering -- went ahead and SANG their beloved "america, america ....Land of the Free, home of the brave" --- clapping each other's backs on being "part of this great, free country of ours".............



it's like a DISEASE -- that keeps returning again and again and again................


americans, in general, are like that Witch Mother Of Snow White -- 

always fearful that she won't be the "most beautiful forever" -- and concocts all kinds of poisons to imbibe , including for herself, all kinds of delusions and fantasies for her own *confidence* -- and keeps asking the Mirror every day: "mirror, mirror on the wall.......who is the fairest of them all?"


ALWAYS expecting the mirror to say "YOU my Queen".........


and even when the day comes the Mirror says :"There is ANOTHER" my queen -- she gets Angry and turns away , and    proceeds to act to ensure that REALITY will NOT intrude on her fantasy -- and so -- she plans to destroy  "the other"  -- 


but in the case of americans -- if or SINCE that WON'T Work -- americans keep on concocting and reliving their own delusions and fantasies about being "the fairest of them all". 


LONG after it is NO LONGER  TRUE -- because it NEVER WAS True. 

teddyformusic November 16, 2012, 02:50
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Sagidragon wrote in #16

The USA has become very ignorant 



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since I have been in the USA for 2 decades now -_ i feel i have enough "observer" view - both from being foreign born and from being "part of" american society.......


and this is my conclusion: 


The American General population -- with or without "proper information" HAVE made a conscious choice to IGNORE things that are not "flattering" about america or themselves. 


that is about as simple as I can explain it. 


imo == it is not so much because the "media manipulates" --- even china's media can be said to be that way -- and yet WE of the "outside china" world KNOW and acknowledge the greatness of Chinese culture itself -- even outside of or before the current "rise" which ITSELF is merely a PART of china's VERY OLD civilization which itself is the EVIDENCE of its greatness. 


on the other hand -- americans THEMSELVES , with or without media, modern day or in the early days -- were ALREADY in the belief of an "exceptional nation" -- which is typical of a TEENAGER that does not learn or know he or she is a mere PUNK in the world of reality and adults have gone through the phases of growing up - including self-centeredness and belief that "he's the best" .......when in fact -- he's just another teen who is so full of himself. 

Americans are reflective of THAT . 


when I confront some of them at work when they make disparaging remarks or blaming other countries for the ills of america -- economy, no jobs, wages, etc...-- and i CORRECT them by saying , in detail that the ROOT of their own distress is THEIR own ":way of life" , their own corporations and government -- their own MYTHS --  


in enough detail and clarity and EXAMPLES ("you DON"T have the best health care system -- it's a mishmash of highly opportunistic but USELESS systems of *management*) " .........the USA is NOT the "most generous in  global aid -- out of 14 trillion you contribute nothing more than ZERO Point ONE percent"..........most of you are ILL-educated - which points to a BAD educational system.....infrastructure has been crumbling for decades......" "......many of your *best brains* actually are FOREIGNERS or foreign extractions"........etc") 


they -- right after being "educated" that way -- respond: 


"BUT -- this is STILL the greatest country on earth" 


AS IF the facts NEVER intrude on their delusions!