China's Xi stacks new inner circle with loyalists for third term
Shanghai party boss Li Qiang clinches No. 2 spot; Vice Premier Hu Chunhua demoted
From left, China's new Politburo Standing Committee members Li Xi, Cai Qi, Zhao Leji, Xi Jinping, Li Qiang, Wang Huning and Ding Xuexiang, stand in front of the media at Beijing's Great Hall of the People on Oct. 23. (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)
BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday unveiled a new leadership team stacked with loyalists as he looks to consolidate his power in a precedent-busting third term.
A day after China's top political meeting wrapped up, Xi walked into Beijing's Great Hall of the People followed by members of the Communist Party's new Politburo Standing Committee -- the pinnacle of Chinese leadership -- in descending rank.