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China VP promoted in move seen as leadership sign

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.
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