China’s electoral map.
As you can see from the electoral map above, China’s recent election was a landslide. While America has a symbolic electoral college, whereby representatives choose the President, in China it is for reals. The 2000+ members of the National People’s Congress (themselves selected by other representatives and not directly) choose the members of a Central Committee who select the Politburo which is actually already chosen in advance. AFAIK.
China is not a democracy but it is vaguely democratic within the 83 million strong Communist Party. After generations this has gone from being a farmer based revolutionary vanguard to a domain of princelings (sons and daughters of revolutionaries) and businessmen (allowed in the party since 2001). The vital point, however, remains that it’s not a direct democracy at all.
As the electoral map above jokingly shows, votes are pretty solidly settled in advance. It is really the US system backwards, where the symbolic electoral college replaces the actual electorate, and everything is decided in advance anyways. So, er, congratulations Xi Jinping for a hard-fought campaign of hidden Baiju swilling and back-slapping and unknown backroom dodginess.