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AP-APTN-1830: China Communists Monday, 18 October 2010 STORY:China Communists- REPLAY Latest from Chinese Communist party meeting, new position in hierarchy LENGTH: 00:47 FIRST RUN: 1230 RESTRICTIONS: Pt No Access China TYPE: Commentary SOURCE: CCTV/AP TELEVISION STORY NUMBER: 661821 DATELINE: Beijing - 18 Oct 2010/FILE LENGTH: 00:47 CCTV - NO ACCESS CHINA AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY SHOTLIST: CCTV - No Access China Recent, exact date unknown 1. Wide of top communist party leaders at the meeting 2. Mid of Chinese President Hu Jintao raising hand 3. Cutaway of other delegates clapping 4. Mid of Hu talking 5. Mid pan of officials in meeting 6. Mid of Xi Jinping, Vice President of China at the meeting CCTV - No Access China FILE: October 1, 2009 7. Wide of Xi at gala celebrating 60th anniversary of the founding of People's Republic of China 8. Pan shot from a top communist party leader to Xi dancing with performers at the celebration AP Television - AP Clients Only FILE - October 22, 2007 9. Wide of Xi standing with other newly appointed members of Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China 10. Mid of Xi standing out waving to the media STORYLINE: Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping was promoted to vice chairman of a key Communist Party military committee on Monday in the clearest sign yet he remains on track to take over as the country's future leader within three years. Members of the ruling party's governing Central Committee also pledged to make "vigorous yet steady" efforts to promote political restructuring, the official Xinhua News Agency and state broadcaster CCTV said, citing a document issued at Monday's close of the committee's annual four-day meeting. No specifics were given, although party leaders routinely call for administrative refinements to shore up one-party rule. "Work in improving the CPC (Central Military Commission) ruling capacity and maintaining the Party's advanced nature should be strengthened to promote the Party's competence in leading the country's economic and social development," Xinhua said, citing the party document. Xinhua gave few details about Xi's long-expected appointment to the Central Military Commission that oversees the 2.3 (m) million-member People's Liberation Army. Xi, 57, is the party's sixth-ranking leader and has been viewed as the anointed successor to President Hu Jintao, who is expected to step down as party chief in 2012 and as president the next year. Xi's appointment to the party's military commission, and an identical one on the government side, has been viewed as a necessary step in preparing Xi for the top office. The 11-member commission already has two vice chairmen and is chaired by Hu, who had also been its only civilian member for the past five years, allowing him to consolidate his influence over the military at the expense of other political rivals. The reports indicated the commission was being expanded to 12 members rather than Xi replacing one of the current vice chairmen. Without a transparent electoral process, the party utilises such appointments to show that the succession is going ahead smoothly and predictably. Although the precedent is thin, Hu had been made a vice chairman of the military commission three years before taking over and Xi's failure to receive the position last year had sparked speculation that the succession process had stalled. In addition to affirming Xi's path to the top, his appointment bolsters the party's absolute control over the military in a repudiation of calls for the PLA to become a national army under government, not party, leadership. It also stands as a show of unity among party leaders amid speculation about possible divisions over the scope and pace of political reform. Premier Wen Jiabao has made a number of statements calling for unspecified changes to the one-party system, but other leaders have harshly denounced any moves to adopt Western-style democratic institutions. Xi is the son of a party veteran, placing him firmly in the camp of the "princelings," politicians whose political connections and degrees from top universities have won them entry into the country's elite. Princelings often vie for position with the followers of former leader Jiang Zemin, who is believed to still wield considerable influence behind the scenes. Xi built his career working in the wealthy eastern provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang, and served briefly as party chief of Shanghai before being elevated to the all-powerful nine-man Politburo Standing Committee in 2007. Along with promoting Xi, the 200-plus Central Committee members and more than 150 alternates discussed and approved parts of an economic blueprint for the next five years that aims to narrow the yawning gap between rich and poor and begin the delicate preparations for a new generation of leaders. The plan, covering the 2011-2015 period, includes a greater focus on public services, promoting employment, strengthening the social security system, and better access to public health care, state media said. China's economy has boomed over the past three decades, but unevenly so. Hundreds of millionaires have emerged while the urban poor struggle and development in the vast countryside lags. Besides the wealth gap, leaders of the 78 (m) million-member party also have to deal with a public dissatisfied with rising inflation, high housing prices, employment woes among college graduates, endemic corruption, while Tibetan and Muslim regions of western China are held in check by a smothering security presence. Abroad, China is facing criticism from the US for its currency and trade practices and its support for North Korea and ties with Iran. All AP Television video will be delivered in 16:9 from 10th November 2010. 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