Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) with former president Hu Jintao (L)
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Xi Jinping named president of China

Leaders in Beijing have confirmed Xi Jinping as president, completing China's 10-yearly transition of power.

Mr Xi, appointed to the Communist Party's top post in November, replaces Hu Jintao, who is stepping down.

Some 3,000 deputies to the National People's Congress, the annual parliament session, took part in the vote at the Great Hall of the People.

Martin Patience in Beijing said there were "huge expectations" of Xi Jinping.

  • 14 Mar 2013
  • From the section Asia
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