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Xi Jinping has been handed an unprecedented third term as president, capping an ascent in which he has become China’s most powerful leader in generations.
In a carefully choreographed ceremony in Beijing, Xi held up his right fist and placed his left hand on a red leather copy of China’s constitution. In the oath – beamed live on state television across China – he vowed to “build a prosperous, strong, democratic, civilised, harmonious and great modern socialist country”.
The appointment by China’s rubber-stamp parliament comes after he was handed in October another five years as head of the Chinese Communist party (CCP) and the military – the two more significant leadership positions in Chinese politics. Friday’s appointment as the head of state is a ceremonial addition to Xi’s iron grip on power.
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