Xi Jinping takes helm of China with top party spot

By the Associated Press | November 14, 2012 | 11:33 PM EST

Chinese Communist Party delegates hold red voting ticket holders while they leave the Great Hall of the People after the closing ceremony for the 18th Communist Party Congress in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. President Hu Jintao has stepped aside as Communist Party leader to clear the way for Vice President Xi Jinping to take the helm in China. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

BEIJING (AP) — Xi Jinping has become the leader of China by securing the Communist Party's top spot.

The state Xinhua News Agency on Thursday confirmed Xi's elevation to party general secretary.