This Is How Chinese President Xi Jinping Rose To Power

Photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping acquired all three leadership roles by the start of his tenure in 2013. (ABC News: Jarrod Fankhauser)

ABC News Online: Chinese President Xi Jinping's astonishing rise to become one of the world's most powerful people

For a man named by Forbes as the world's most powerful person, there's been little transparency as to how Xi Jinping accrued so much power in such a relatively short amount of time.

China's President was almost unknown to the world just over a decade ago — even his folk singer wife, Peng Liyuan, was far more renowned than the trailblazing political statesman.

But over the last 50 years Mr Xi — the son of a powerful communist revolutionary — strategically used his personal life narrative as a cave-dwelling farmer during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and '70s to grant himself political validation as he rose steadily but patiently through ranks of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) right to the top.

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