The new party leader is seen as a pro-market reformer and a staunch believer in party power. The son of a veteran revolutionary, Xi spent much of his career in economically vibrant provinces. Little known abroad, Xi took a side trip during a key visit to the U.S. this year to meet privately with the Iowans who had hosted him on a 1985 study tour when he was a mid-level provincial official in charge of the pork industry.
<em>Caption: New Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping speaks during a press event to introduce the newly-elected members of the Politburo Standing Committee at Beijing's Great Hall of the People Thursday Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)</em>