Xi gets new term, reshuffle in party

China's president and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping embarked on his second five-year term with a fresh set of faces in the party's highest body, the Politburo Standing Committee, elected this Wednesday.

Premier Li Keqiang was the sole returning member besides Xi himself, as five new members were appointed this Wednesday to the seven-member Standing Committee. The new additions to the party, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng, reflect Xi's goals towards consolidating party unity, balancing the numerous interest groups within the party, and dominating China's interests at home and abroad.

After being given a renewed mandate for a second term and a highly elevated status with his name and ideology being into the party's Constitution alongside past leaders like Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, Xi's position as the country's most powerful leader since decades is now firmly cemented.