What experts say of new China leadership
BEIJING - Both scenarios have been widely speculated, and both have come true on Thursday morning when the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) completed its once-a-decade leadership transition and unveiled its new leadership.
The apex Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) - downsized from a previous nine to seven members - features four deemed to be proteges of former president Jiang Zemin. Only incoming premier Li Keqiang is deemed a clear-cut protege of just-retired party chief, President Hu Jintao.
The quartet - Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang, 66; Shanghai boss Yu Zhengsheng, 67; propaganda chief Liu Yunshan, 65 and Tianjin boss Zhang Gaoli, 66 - are described as "conservatives" and have raised concerns that they might slow much-needed reforms in China.
Another scenario: Making a break from his predecessors, Mr Hu has made a historic full retirement from power by relinquishing his post as chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) to new party chief Xi Jinping, 59, who will take charge for the next decade. Vice-Premier Wang Qishan, 64, completes the line-up as the new anti-corruption chief.