XI JINPING was formally appointed China’s new president this morning, completing the country’s second orderly political succession since the Communist party took power in 1949.
The National People’s Congress chose Xi in a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing, putting the final seal of approval on a general transition of power.
Xi was appointed party and military chief – where real power lies – in November.
The 59-year-old was also elected head of the Central Military Commission, the parallel government post to the party's top military position that he already holds, ensuring that he has full power over the party, state and armed forces.
Xi faced almost no opposition, as he drew just one no vote and three abstentions from the almost 3,000 delegates.