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China's New Leaders Revealed

By November 15, 2012

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After days of closed door meetings at the 18th Party Congress, China's next leaders have been revealed and none of them are women. As expected Xi Jinping will take over as head of the Communist Party for Hu Jintao, according to CNN.

Members of the Standing Committee of the Poliburo were also revealed at the once-a-decade handover of power at the conclusion of the Party Congress in Beijing. They are Li Keqiang (China's deputy vice president), Zhang Dejiang (former vice premier of the State Council but replaced disgraced leader Bo Xilai in Chongqing), Yu Zhengsheng (CPC party chief in Shanghai), Liu Yunshan (China's propaganda chief), Wang Qishan (ice premier in charge of economic, energy and financial affairs) and Zhang Gaoli (party secretary of Tianjin). Also noteworthy is that the Standing Committee of the Politburo has been reduced from nine members to seven. Power in China is based on a pyramid scheme with supreme power at the top. The Standing Committee of the Politburo holds supreme power. The Committee is responsible for maintaining the Party's control of the state and military. Its members achieve this by holding the highest positions in the State Council, which oversees the government, the National People's Congress- China's rubber-stamp legislature, and the Central Military Commission, which runs the armed forces. The base of the Communist Party includes provincial-level, county-level, and township-level People's Congresses and Party Committees. Fewer than 6-percent of Chinese are members, yet it is the most powerful political party in the world.

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