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China's Xi Jinping set to take power

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Xi Jinping is set to take the reins of China's all-powerful Communist Party Thursday in a leadership transition that will put him in charge of the world's number two economy for the next decade. 

Paramilitary guards walk on a closed-off Tiananmen Sqaure, near the Great Hall of the People prior to the unveiling of a new Politburo Standing Committee, in Beijing on November 15, 2012. Xi Jinping is set to take the reins of China's all-powerful Communist Party in a leadership transition that will put him in charge of the world's number two economy for the next decade.

Xi, the current vice president and successor to President Hu Jintao, assumes power at an uncertain time with the party facing urgent calls to clean its ranks of corruption and overhaul its economic model as growth stutters.

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