The rest of the Standing Committee was dominated by men who are considered to be relatively conservative and opposed to major political or economic reforms.
Mr Xi was also appointed head of the CMC, which controls the armed forces. Observers had been watching to see whether President Hu Jintao would remain in the post even after retiring as general secretary of the party. His predecessor Jiang Zemin stayed on as CMC chairman after stepping down as president in 2002.
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