Xi Jinping secured a precedent-breaking third five-year term as China's president in a unanimous vote by the National People's Congress.
Why it matters
This event is significant as it solidifies Xi Jinping's grip on power and further consolidates his position as the most powerful leader in China since Mao Zedong. It also highlights the lack of political opposition and the concentration of power in the hands of a single leader.
What the papers say
According to Reuters, nearly 3,000 members of China's National People's Congress voted unanimously for Xi Jinping to be president, with no other candidate. The voting process lasted for about an hour, and the electronic counting was completed in about 15 minutes. The parliament also elected Zhao Leji as the new parliament chair and Han Zheng as the new vice president.
How we got here
Earlier this week, China unveiled a plan for a sweeping reform of central government institutions, including the formation of a financial regulatory body and national data bureau, and a revamp of its science and technology ministry.
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China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a country in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.4 billion in 2019.