China Congress ends with Xi Jinping set for third term


China’s ruling Communist Party ended its Congress in the Great Hall of the People Saturday with several amendments to the party constitution that will embolden President Xi Jinping’s status as China’s leader and, Beijing believes, the country’s standing in the world.

The week-long Congress was attended by 2,300 delegates, all Party stalwarts.

The Congress paved the way for Xi to have an unprecedented third term by cementing his “core position” in the country’s leadership.

The official announcement though of a third term will come during the annual legislative sessions in March. In 2018, Xi scrapped the presidential two-term limit, allowing him to rule indefinitely.

Delegates also votes to enshrine opposition to Taiwan’s independence in the constitution.

On Sunday, it is expected that Xi will be announced the next general secretary, shortly after the new Central Committee wraps up its first meeting.

Party delegates also elected a new Central Committee, comprised of about 200 members but did not disclose the full list, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua. The committee will govern the party for the next five years.

Most key positions in the Central Committee have been assigned to Xi’s loyalists.

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