Xi Jinping
New seven-member leadership committee in China
07:43 - Source: CNN

Editor’s Note: Steven Jiang is CNN’s Beijing senior producer. He has reported from China since 2001.

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Xi installed old-guard leaders in his leadership reshuffle

No potential successor was anointed, analysts say

Beijing CNN  — 

President Xi Jinping has unveiled a new lineup for China’s all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC), the ruling Communists’ top decision-making body in a one-party political system.

Xi’s announcement came Wednesday, a day after the close of the Communist Party National Congress, held twice a decade with a leadership reshuffle at the top of its agenda.

With the five new members of the PBSC aged 60 or above, no heir apparent to Xi was anointed, breaking with recent custom and prompting speculation that Xi would seek to stay in power beyond 2022 when his second five-year term is due to end.

Here are the seven men (in order of their party seniority) who will rule 1.4 billion people for the next five years.