Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Xi Jinping reelected Chinese president

Xi Jinping reelected Chinese president

Xi's close ally Wang Qishan was also appointed to the post of Vice President that will help him in strengthening his powers and handle U.S. trade threats.

Wang's appointment to the vice-presidency allows Xi to retain a trusted surrogate with connections to the United States diplomatic and financial communities. Among Mr. Wang's priorities will be helping Mr. Xi manage the critical but increasingly fraught relationship with the USA, people familiar with the matter have said.

Moments after the vote, the People's Daily newspaper proclaimed Xi as China's "great helmsman" in an alert sent to millions of mobile phones.

Delegates applaud as a screen displays the final vote tally for Xi Jinping on Saturday in Beijing.

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After the national anthem was played, Xi was invited to take the oath both as China's president and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Xi Jinping was today re-elected as President for a second five-year tenure by China's rubber-stamp parliament, days after it scrapped the two-term rule for the Presidency and allowed him to have a life-long tenure.Xi was also elected as the head of the powerful Central Military Commission, the overall high command of the Chinese military.

During his time as top graft-buster, Wang pushed China's campaign against corruption and violation of the Party's code of conduct, which has seen the downfall of both high-level officials and grassroots ones.

However, Mr Wang is best known for his most recent post - leading China's anti-corruption investigation.

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He became mayor of Beijing during the Sars outbreak there in 2003, and was executive chair of the city's Olympic committee ahead of the 2008 games.

"Having Wang, as vice-president without a senior party position, functioning as No 8 in the leadership and in charge of a major portfolio is problematic for a Leninist system, as the centrepiece of a Leninist system is the party, said Steve Tsang, director of the SOAS China Institute". This month, during sessions of the congress, he sat on the Great Hall of the People's stage alongside current party leaders, in a further sign of his insider status.

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