(From Taiwan News)
BEIJING Vice President Hu Jintao (-JAAAU) was appointed yesterday as leader of China's Communist Party, handing him the country's most powerful position and making him a certain bet to replace Jiang Zemin ([broken (vertical) bar]??AYENA) as president next year.
His appointment as general secretary positions the little-known Hu atop a new generation of leaders who will guide China through sweeping changes and economic reforms launched by Deng Xiaoping (3/4H[currency]pYEN-) and his successor, Jiang. Minutes later, the government said Jiang had been re-elected to head China's powerful military commission.
"We will live up to the great trust of the entire party and the expectations of people across the country," Hu, 59, told reporters inside the hulking Great Hall of the People in central Beijing. He said all China's people and ethnic groups must unite to develop the economy and modernize …