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Xi Jinping was elected general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee for the second term at the first plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee on Wednesday.

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The congress approved a report of the 18th CPC Central Committee and a work report of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. The congress adopted the revised Party Constitution which made Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as a new component of the Party's guide for action. The congress also elected a new Central Committee and a new Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

No successor named to President Xi Jinping which points to a continued role for Xi after 2022.

Members of the newly elected Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 19th CPC Central Committee
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Here’s a look at the officials who will run China for the next five years with President Xi Jinping, via ABCNews

Li Keqiang, 62: The current premier of China, a trained economist and a protege of former top leader Hu Jintao. He is the head of the State Council in China. Though not a rival, Li was once tapped to be a potential leader-in-waiting until Xi overshadowed him. He is known as the weakest premier China has had in decades, but has worked in tandem with Xi over the past five years to implement his policies. Speculation that he would be replaced proved unfounded.

Li Zhanshu, 67: A close confidante of Xi who served as his de-facto chief of staff since 2012. He is tapped to lead the National People’s Congress when it meets next March.

Wang Yang, 62: Current vice premier and former party chief of the southern province of Guangdong, the most populous and prosperous province in China. He has a reputation of being liberal-leaning and reform-minded and his current portfolio includes foreign trade, making him a familiar face in D.C. circles.

Wang Huning, 62: Another member of Xi’s inner circle and the party’s intellectual ideologue. A former scholar who was plucked out of academics by the party to advise and formulate policies for the three successive leaders of China: Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and of course Xi himself. He helped Xi formulate the "China Dream" and the "Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation" policy. As an academic, Wang specialized in U.S. politics, which he is known to be critical of. In fact, he espouses the political theory of "Neo-Authoritarianism." He is often seen by Xi’s side during overseas trips. Wang is tapped to oversee China’s propaganda department.

Zhao Leji, 60: The youngest member of this new lineup and tapped to take over China’s relentless anti-corruption campaign from Xi’s longtime ally Wang Qishan (who is stepping down). He is in a unique position because he is the current head of the party’s Organization Department, which keeps tabs on and vets all party members for possible placements and promotions.

Han Zheng, 63: Current party chief of Shanghai and former mayor. He has spent his entire political career in China’s showcase city and is often credited in helping Shanghai bloom back into a competitive world-class city. He served under Xi in 2007 when Xi was Shanghai party secretary for a few months before being tapped for top leadership.


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