News: World Party leader Hu Jintao steps down to clear the way for Xi Jinping to take the helm in China November 14, 2012 | Modified: November 14, 2012 at 1:45 am Leave a comment BEIJING (AP) — Party leader Hu Jintao steps down to clear the way for Xi Jinping to take the helm in China. Sign Up for the Daily E-dition newsletter! Please enter your email address below to begin receiving the Daily E-dition newsletter. You must enter a valid email address in the field above! Thank you for signing up for the Daily E-dition newsletter! You should receive your first newsletter very soon. We're sorry, there was an error processing your newsletter signup. Please click here to visit our Newsletter Signup Center to register for this newsletter.