Photo Gallery China's Power Handover

China's new leadership faces the task of combining economic growth with political and social stability -- a growing challenge given the country's widespread corruption and myriad social problems.
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Xi Jinping (left) will be China's leader for the next 10 years. In September, China's ruling Communist Party said it would be approving its first leadership changes for a decade. Incumbent President Hu Jintao (right) will retire.

Foto: How Hwee Young/ dpa
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China's next president Xi Jinping faces the task of maintaining the country's highspeed economic growth while adapting to a changing political and social climate.

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China's leadership attend a flower laying ceremony at the Monument to the People's Heroes to mark National Day on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2012. Some 63 years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the country is the second largest economy in the world.

Foto: How Hwee Young/ dpa
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Li Keqiang will be taking over as China's prime minister. He and the new President Xi Jinping will make up China's fifth-generation leadership.

Foto: Feng Li/ Getty Images
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The Chinese population is demanding greater rights and freedoms. In late October, demonstrators protested against the proposed expansion of a petrochemical factory in the eastern city of Ningbo.

Foto: Ng Han Guan/ AP
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Thousands of people in Ningbo clashed with police while protesting the proposed expansion of the petrochemical factory. After years of acclerated economic growth, the Chinese people are increasingly concerned about environmental issues.

Foto: Ng Han Guan/ AP
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After a week of protests, the authorities caved in to public pressure and scrapped their plans to expand the petrochemical plant in Ningbo.

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