China Appoints Xi Vice President, Heir Apparent to Hu
Bloomberg reports the new appointment of Chinese top leaders:
Hu, 65, was named today by China’s legislature to his second and final five-year term as president and head of China’s military commission, controller of the 2 million-strong People’s Liberation Army.
Xi was chosen in October to the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau, the Communist Party’s most powerful decision- making body, displacing the last ally of former President Jiang Zemin. That gave Hu full control over the highest ranks of government and Communist Party. Today’s promotion puts Hu’s hand- picked successor in place.
See also AP’s story: Hu Jintao Re-Elected As China President