Diplomats say Beijing continues to implement U.N. sanctions covering exports of coal, iron ore, seafood and other products. In one area not covered by the sanctions, however, it seems to be cutting Pyongyang some slack: tourism.
Xi, who assumed office in March 2013 and began his second term in October 2017, received over 99.89 per cent of the total votes. Without the amendment Xi’s two-term presidency would have ended in 2023.
The composition of the Standing Committee this time is regarded as little more balanced with members from other factions of the CPC, which has monopolised political power ever since the People's Republic was founded in 1949.
Speaking in the Great Hall of the People at the start of the week-long 19th CPC Party Congress, Xi told over 2,000 delegates that thanks to decades of "tireless struggle" China stood "tall and firm in the east".
A reshuffle of the military's senior ranks at a key five-yearly Communist Party congress in the autumn is expected to further strengthen his grip, and Xi repeatedly reaffirmed the Party's "absolute leadership" over the army.