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Xi Jinping confirmed as China's next leader

Xi Jinping has been confirmed as China’s leader for the next ten years. Mr Xi was presented as the communist party’s new general secretary at an official ceremony in Beijing.

He warned the party faced “severe challenges” over the next decade, and raised the importance of tackling corruption. He takes over from Hu Jintao, whose administration will end in March next year.

Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband said the new party leadership showed there was no end in sight to China’s “revolution” of the past 20 years.

He told Today: “The balance that they have to strike is how much openness they allow domestically. The message I take from this is that the economic revolution continues.

“The debate that was going on a few years ago between those that think modernisation has gone too far and those who think it hasn't gone far enough has been resolved in favour of those who think it needs to carry on."

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