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The President of the People's Republic of China is the head of state of the People's Republic of China. The President functions as a ceremonial figurehead, elected by the National People's Congress, as set out by the 1982 Constitution. The presidency is a state organ instead of an administrative post. The office was formerly known as the State Chairman and the Chinese Zhǔxí still literally translates to this. The official translation switched to President after 1982 in conformity with Western terminology, although the Chinese word is still used to translate other offices of "chairman". Meanwhile, the translation of English term President as the head of other states remained Zongtong. Also it is an important national symbol serving as the nominal figurehead. Currently, President Xi Jinping holds the positions of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, making him China's Paramount Leader. (via Freebase)