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Little-known past of China's 'next leader'

Al Jazeera traces rise of Xi Jinping from remote village to "princeling" of Chinese Communist Party.

    The People's Republic of China is preparing for a once-in-a-decade transition of power. When president and Communist Party chief Hu Jintao ends his 10 years in charge he is expected to be replaced by 57-year-old Xi Jinping.

    Though his official biography extolls his virtues as a good party official with a strong work ethic who comes from a family with solid revolutionary credentials, little else is known about him.

    Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan went to a remote village in China's Shaanxi Province to learn more about his upbringing.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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