China Congress: No Heir Anointed as Xi Reveals Top Leadership
- China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong
- Amendment of party constitution – no constraints on tenure or retirement age for Xi
- Inclusion of Xi’s ideology into constitution
- Only two committee members retained their positions, five new faces
The omission cements Xi’s grip on China for the next five years and possibly beyond, a day after his name was written into the constitution.
Five new appointments were made to the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, China’s most powerful body.
The absence of an heir raises questions over how long Xi intends to rule.
Apart from 64-year-old Xi, premier Li Keqiang, 62, was the only committee member to retain his position.
Vice Premier Wang Yang, also 62, a former party secretary of Guangdong province, has been appointed China’s executive vice-premier.
Han Zheng, 63, the party secretary of Shanghai, has been promoted to lead the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
They will be joined by Zhao Leji, 60, who will lead the party’s anti-corruption body; Li Zhanshu, 67, a close Xi ally who is expected to lead China’s parliament; and Wang Huning, 62.