China’s Xi takes reins in uneasy times

New top Communist, military leader faces slowing growth, rising dissent

Posted: November 16, 2012 at 3:35 a.m.

Chinese soldiers march Thursday outside the Great Hall of the People, where China’s new leaders met the press the same day in Beijing.

Long-anointed successor Xi Jinping assumes the leadership of China at a time when the ruling Communist Party is confronting slower economic growth, a public clamor to end corruption and demands for change that threaten its hold on power.

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Front Section, Pages 7 on 11/16/2012