BEIJING — Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping was promoted to a key post
in the Communist Party's military committee Monday, affirming his path
to be the country's leader within three years.
The son of a party veteran, Xi (pronounced "she") has employed success
in earlier jobs, along with family and political connections, to become
the party's sixth-ranking leader. He 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.