Xi Jinping secures historic third term as China’s leader

China’s President Xi Jinping has secured a historic third term as the Communist Party’s leader, cementing his place as the nation’s most influential ruler since Mao Zedong.

According to Xinhua News Agency, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) elected Xi as its general secretary for another five-year term on Sunday, October 23, 2022.

“I wish to thank the whole party sincerely for the trust you have placed in us. I promised to work diligently in the performance of our duties to prove worthy of the great trust of our party and our people,” Xi told journalists at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People after the closed-door vote was announced.

Xi’s appointment will be formally announced during the government’s annual legislative sessions in March next year.

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