File image of Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 28 September 2011
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Key global figures react to China's new leader

15 November 2012 Last updated at 03:59 GMT

Vice-President Xi Jinping has been named head of the ruling Communist Party, and in effect China's new leader, replacing Hu Jintao, the outgoing president.

Key global figures have given their reaction to the decision.