China's Xi Praises Hu for Voluntarily Giving Up Power

China's Xi Praises Hu for Voluntarily Giving Up Power

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s president-in-waiting Xi Jinping has praised his predecessor Hu Jintao for voluntarily stepping down from both his party and military posts, promising to uphold his legacy of defense modernization, state media said on Saturday.

Hu, who remains China’s president until March’s parliament session, relinquished the much more powerful post of Communist Party boss on Thursday at the close of the once-every-five-year congress that selects the party’s new leadership line-up.

The question had loomed whether Hu would stay on as head of the powerful Central Military Commission, thereby preventing a full takeover of the party and armed forces by Vice President Xi.

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