FILE - In this July 1, 2016, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Premier Li Keqiang attend a ceremony to mark the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Having punished more than a million Communist Party members for corruption, Xi will use a key meeting that started Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, to drive home the message that his signature anti-graft campaign is far from over and that his authority remains undiminished. The Central Committee plenary gathering also sets in motion preparations for next year's 19th national party congress that will kickoff Xi's second five-year term as head of the ruling party.(How
BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping has been given a second five-year term as leader of the ruling Communist Party. Xi was returned to the post of secretary general following the inaugural meeting Wednesday of the new Central Committee that was elected at the party's twice-a-decade national congress on Tuesday. The party congress already elevated Xi's status to China's most powerful ruler in decades by inserting his name and dogma into the party's constitution alongside past leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. That sets the stage for the authoritarian leader to tighten his grip over the country while pursuing an increasingly muscular foreign policy and military expansion. It also effectively makes any act of opposing him tantamount to an attack on the party itself.