BEIJING, Oct 22: Xi Jinping has been re-elected as the general-secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
At a meet the media session at the Great Hall of the People on Oct 23, Xi also introduced the other members of the seven-man Standing Committee of the Political Bureau, the top leaders of the party.
They are incumbents Zhao Leji and Wang Huning, as well as newcomers Li Qiang, Cai Qi, Ding Xuexiang and Li Xi.
Li Qiang, whom Xi mentioned first is now being viewed as the party's second-in-command power and would most probably replace Li Keqiang as China's premier next year.
The 63-year-old is currently party secretary of Shanghai.
There have been talk of Li Qiang taking over the country's No. 2 post for quite some time, but his reputation and capabilities were questioned following the havoc during the Shanghai lockdown early this year.
The locals have been complaining of shortage of food, unable to reach medical assistants and even reports of fatalities due to delay in treatments.