(BEIJING) — China has given its strongest indication yet of who its next generation of leaders will be.
At the close of the week-long Communist party meeting, China’s state run news agency, Xinhua, released a list of the ten top names on the Central Committee.
Vice President Xi Jinping, who met President Obama in February, is at number one. At number two is outgoing President Hu Jintao’s protege: Li Keqiang.
Also included is Wang Qishan, who is well known in the U.S. as an economic problem solver — former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson once called him “decisive and inquisitive.”
And for the first time in China’s history, a woman joins top leadership: Liu Yandong.
The official Standing Committee — the seven to nine members that will essentially rule the country for the next decade — is expected to be announced Thursday.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN