The 18th CPC National Congress
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What will new leaders do for China?

China has unveiled its new line-up of leaders who will run the country over the next decade.

As expected, the current vice-president, Xi Jinping, is replacing the outgoing leader, Hu Jintao, as the head of the Communist party.

Speaking to The World at One presenter Martha Kearney, Victor Gao, director of the China National Association of International Studies, explained that Xi Jinping will both be "conservative and steady" but will also "push for major initiatives" and "deal with this corruption issue".

Lijia Zhang, a writer, freelance journalist and political commentator based in Beijing, said that social reform was needed in China: "To achieve economic structure, political relaxation is needed"

"The monopoly is the enemy of the market and too much control just kills the vitality," she added.

  • 15 Nov 2012