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New party leadership grabs limelight


22:24, November 15, 2012

BEIJING, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) - Xi Jinping was sanguine and displayed an easy smile as he assumed leadership of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) Thursday.

Standing in front of a giant painting of the majestic Great Wall dotted with red autumn leaves, Xi was introduced as the newly elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee Thursday at the Great Hall of the People.

Xi was joined on the stage by the other six standing committee members, who will form the Party's core leadership. Xi was also named chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission.

The group debut of the new leadership line-up sparked immediate curiosity in global cyberspace. Many think 59-year-old Xi -- as China's first top leader to be born after the founding of the People's Republic -- will bring fresh air to the world's economic powerhouse.

"I've got a man crush on Xi. He'll be a great pitchman for China's rise, I suspect," said Shai Oster, a Hong Kong-based reporter, on his Twitter account.

A virally retweeted picture online also gave a hint of Xi's easy style. In the picture, the vice president -- dressed in a dark overcoat and a suit -- kicked a Gaelic football in Dublin's Croke Park with professional goalkeeper footwork. The photo was taken when he visited Ireland in February.

"I believe Xi's kick can change the future of Chinese football," a web user named "My September Sky" wrote on Weibo, a Twitter-like service in China.

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