While Britain saw this week the arrival of its third prime minister in three months, the Chinese Communist Party reconfirmed the same general secretary and head of state that the country has had since 2012.

President Xi Jinping was elected to an unprecedented third five-year term on Sunday, despite being 69 years old and past the official retirement age and breaking with custom that Chinese leaders stand down after a decade in power.

The leader of a party with 96m members (while new UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives have about 172,000), Xi has also consolidated his position at the top of the party by surrounding himself with close supporters, political analysts say.