New leaders for China, Xi Jinping named head of party

  • 15 November 2012
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China's new leader - who he is and why you need to know

The new leadership team for the Chinese Communist Party has been named.

Every ten years the party changes the people in charge but they are not voted in because China is not a democracy.

The country is run by one political party which has seven main leaders.

Xi Jinping has taken over as General Secretary which means he is the head of the party.

He will lead 1.3 billion Chinese people.

In the first speech since he took over he talked about the need to reform the party and to try and work towards better lives for everyone in China.