Chinese President Xi Jinping oversaw mass mobilization drills held by the people’s liberation army at an undisclosed location in northern China.

Chinese state broadcaster showed thousands of troops aligned on military base, clapping as Xi took centre stage to remind them that the purpose of the drills was to “carry out the spirit of the 19th party congress”.

During the 19th party congress, held in October of last year, Xi further consolidated his power by enshrining his own political thought into the constitution.