China has named the next generation of its senior leaders, who will serve under President Xi Jinping for the next five years.
Five new appointments were made to the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, China’s most powerful body.
Missing from the new line-up was a viable successor – an indication that Xi is cementing power rather than preparing for an orderly transition.
The new committee was unveiled at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
Vice Premier Wang Yang has been named as China’s executive Vice-Premier, and Shanghai Party Secretary Han Zheng has been promoted to lead the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
They will be joined by Zhao Leji, Li Zhanshu and Wang Huning, alongside Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang to form the seven members.
The decision to not appoint potential successors to the Standing Committee consolidates power with Xi for the next five years, and points to a continued role for him after 2022.
The party voted yesterday to enshrine Xi’s name and ideology into its constitution, elevating him to the level of the party’s founding father, Mao Zedong.