"FOR the first time since 1976, China’s reins of power have been handed at one time to a single man, a “princeling” in command."
A major economic force in the world is now led by a single man: Xi Jinping (pictured, centre, above, the Economist's photo).
This is the second orderly transfer of power the country has seen in 63 years.
The new Head of China's ruling Communist Party may be married to one of the country's biggest popstars, but little is know about Xi Jinping and his rise to power. (Yahoo.News video clip here.)
The decision, revealed on November 15th, that Hu Jintao has stepped down not only as the Communist Party’s general secretary, but also as head of China’s army, was part of the biggest shake-up of the party’s leadership in a decade.
But, although Mr Xi now has the titles of power, his ability to use them will be heavily constrained.
Read the full article here, via the Economist.