Xi Jinping is the current paramount leader of the People's Republic of China, a position until recently held by Hu Jintao. Born the son of an important revolutionary leader Xi Jinping is considered one of the "Princelings", those opportunistic Chinese politicians who rise through the ranks by riding on the coattails of their revolutionary fathers. Most recently Xi Jinping was Vice President of the People's Republic of China and was "elected" to General Secretary of the Communist Party of China on November 15, 2012. Unlike most paramount leaders Xi Jinping does not hold the position of President of the People's Republic, but is expected to gain the title next election.
Xi Jinping has not yet signaled any major policy changes from the previous administration but has called for improving China's military capabilities and moving forward with the economic reforms.