In a historic event, Xi Jinping was handed a third term as Chinese president, capping a rise that has seen him become the country's most powerful leader in generations. The appointment by China's rubber-stamp parliament comes after Xi locked in another five years as head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in October.
Xi has weathered widespread protests over his zero-Covid policy and the deaths of countless people after its abandonment. Those issues have been avoided at this week's National People's Congress (NPC), a carefully choreographed event that is also set to appoint Xi ally Li Qiang as the new premier.
Recently, delegates handed Xi a third term as China's president and re-elected him as head of the country's Central Military Commission in a unanimous vote.