18th Party Congress
The Chinese Communist Party's 18th Congress, held in Beijing November 8-14, 2012, marked a key power transition in China. A new generation of leaders, headed by Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, took over from the previous leadership headed by Hu Jintao. The Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee was reduced in number from nine to seven. Unlike his predecessor Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao handed over both the Party General Secretary and Chairman of the Central Military Commission positions to Xi.
Who's who: seven party heavyweights named to China's Politburo core
China's top leadership committee was reduced from nine to seven members: Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, Zhang Gaoli.
Interactive Infographic: China's new leadership by Joe Lo
Xi Jinping will be the next leader of China, but to many observers he remains something of a cipher. In a three-part-series, the Post attempts to solve the mysteries of President Hu Jintao's successor by examining his early postings in rural Hebei and the work in the affluent coastal provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang that were the foundation for his rise (Full profile by Shi Jiangtao in Beijing)
2 From lawyer to leader, Li Keqiang will be best-educated leader yet
3 Zhang Dejiang: rise of the iron-fisted enforcer
4 Shanghai chief Yu Zhengsheng's well prepared to join party elite
5 Mainland propaganda chief Liu Yunshan eyes top party post
6 Wang Qishan: the mainland's economic reformer in waiting
7 Tianjin’s party boss Zhang Gaoli readies for limelight