Xi Jinping unanimously elected for second term as China's president

China's Xi Jinping Reappointed As President With No Term Limits

The parliament of China unanimously re-elected Xi Jinping as the country's president for the second term on Saturday with a swooping 2,970 votes inside central Beijing's Great Hall of the People.

The legislature is packed with delegates loyal to the ruling Communist Party meaning Xi's re-election was never in doubt.

While Xi's reappointment was assumed, there had been some speculation about Wang.

Wang later took an oath of allegiance to the country's Constitution upon assuming office. The President put his left hand on a red-covered book containing the constitution and raised his right fist to take his oath.

Wang's appointment is crucial for "rising China" as he can help Xi deal with increasingly frayed relations with the Trump-led United States amid fears of a trade war.

But he has kept a prominent profile, sitting at the same table as the seven members of the Politburo Standing Committee during the public sessions of the National People's Congress while receiving fervent applause from the delegates as he voted.

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From India's perspective for the new line-up of officials, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi was widely expected to be elevated to be State Councillor which makes him the top diplomat of the country.The elevation will entail him to become China's Special Representative for India-China boundary talks. After Xi came to power in 2012, Wang was charged with overseeing Xi's campaign against corruption, disciplining more than 1.5 million party cadres, including the country's retired security chief and another official once seen as a presidential contender. In February, the surplus with the USA stood at US$21 billion, official data from China's General Administration of Customs showed, more than double the $10.4 billion recorded during the same period a year ago.

Xi is keeping Wang by his side because of his "talent and ability", according to Hua Po, an independent Chinese political commentator.

Beside appointing Xi, the legislature also passed a plan Saturday to create, eliminate or consolidate dozens of state agencies under a sweeping government overhaul aimed at solidifying party control.

"If Xi indeed ignores this, it shows how he is already putting himself in a Leninist strongman mode in how he exercises his leadership from this point onwards, he said".

She said the single vote against his deputy Wang was not a problem: "His age is quite advanced, maybe that was the reason".

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