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China unveils new leadership line-up, confirms Xi and puts him into constitution

Staff Writer |
China's Communist Party confirmed a second five-year term for President Xi Jinping and unveiled the new Politburo Standing Committee.

The Politburo Standing Committee, a powerful inner circle of political officials, includes Xi, Premier Li Keqiang, as well as new members Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng.

Xi also got its name on the new constitution.

The seven men stood before journalists at the Great Hall of the People, as Xi listed his goals of developing China as a "moderately prosperous society" by 2021 and a strong global power by the middle of the century.

Zhao, who previously headed the party's organization department in charge of personnel matters, has also been named head of the anti-graft commission, the Xinhua news agency reported.

He is replacing long-time Xi ally Wang Qishan, who has stepped down after surpassing the unofficial retirement age of 68.

Zhao, 60, is also the youngest standing committee member. Xi, however, has failed to promote anyone who was born in the 1960s, fueling speculation that he is not yet ready to appoint a successor.

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