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China's Xi Jinping Given Formal Title of President

Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping was given the official title of president Thursday, in a formality that completes his rise to power.

Mr. Xi took the largely symbolic position following an elaborate voting ceremony at a meeting of the National People's Congress. He already was given the more important posts of party secretary-general and head of China's top military body in November.

The 59-year-old is replacing Hu Jintao as part of a tightly managed power transfer that takes place every 10 years. Li Keqiang is expected to take over the position of prime minister at a ceremony on Friday.

Mr. Xi has vowed to revamp China's economy, reduce pollution and crack down on widespread corruption in the party ranks.

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People watch the 14th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade, New York, Feb. 17, 2013.

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