|Spotlight on Chinese leaders|
Hu Jintao, 64, president, retains position as party general-secretary, head of the Standing Committee of the Politburo and the head of the Central Military Commission.
Newcomer Li Keqiang, 52, heads the northeastern Liaoning province and is tipped to succeed Hu as party boss in five years. Credited with solving economic issues.
Another newcomer, Xi Jinping, 54, became Shanghai‘s top official following a corruption scandal involving his predecessor. Not a Hu favourite.
He Guoqiang, 64, head of party organisation department.
Jia Qinglin, 67, principal adviser to the government with close ties with Jiang Zemin.
Zhou Yongkang, 64, China’s public security minister.
Li Changchun, 63, ideology tsar and also a Jiang ally.
Wen Jiabao, 65, China‘s prime minister and a close Hu ally, stays put.
Wu Bangguo, 66, the party’s No 2 ranking official and speaker in China‘s legislature.
Xi Jinping, 54, the Shanghai party boss who does not have longstanding ties to Hu, has also been ushered into the inner core.
Hu, 64, was named as party general-secretary, head of the standing committee of the politburo, and the head of the central military commission.
“We are keenly aware of our difficult task and grave responsibilities,” Hu said as the new leadership team appeared before the press.
“We will do our best to be worthy of the great trust the entire membership places in us.”
“I think China will strongly embrace economical reform if promises made by its president go ahead”
Mohamed Hassan, Galkayo, Somalia
The departure of Zeng along with Luo Gan and Wu Guanzheng and the promotion of Hu supporters to the party’s leadership core indicates Hu’s emergence from the shadows of his predecessor Jiang.