Today is the start of China’s 18th Congress and the official rein of a new generation of leaders.

Xi Jinping has been confirmed as the man chosen to lead China for the next decade.

Mr Xi led the new Politburo Standing Committee out onto the stage at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, signalling his elevation to the top of China’s ruling Communist Party.

He replaces Hu Jintao, under whose administration China has seen a decade of extraordinary growth.

He will be supported by Li Keqiang, the new Premier. Li is, by Western standards, perhaps the best-qualified head of government in recent memory with high concerns for China’s poor and equal healthcare access.

The move marks the official passing of power from one generation to the next.

Left: Xi Jinping has become China's new Communist Party chief, and is now certain to take over next year as the country's President as well.Right: Li Keqiang, named the second most senior member of the seven-man Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) is the successor of out-going Premier Wen Jiabao. Li is, by Western views, perhaps the best-qualified head of government in recent memory.

Left: Xi Jinping has become China’s new Communist Party chief, and is now certain to take over next year as the country’s President as well.
Right: Li Keqiang, named the second most senior member of the seven-man Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) is the successor of out-going Premier Wen Jiabao.

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