China’s all-powerful President Xi Jinping turned 69 as he is all set to continue in power for an unprecedented third term, defying the 68-year retirement age rule followed by his predecessors. The decision would further tighten his grip on China. It is possible that Mr Xi, 69, will remain in power for the rest of his life. He is also referred to as Paramount or Supreme leader. Mr Xi is likely to retain the first two titles, party General Secretary and Central Military Commission chairman at the party congress – which takes place every five years – and the presidency at the annual National People’s Congress in Spring 2023. Mr Xi leads the world’s second-largest economy and one of its biggest military forces. Some analysts say he is likely to push China towards a more authoritarian political stance in a third five-year term.