But all seven have been members of the wider Politburo – which has 25 members - for two terms now.
The Politburo is chosen by the Central Committee of the CPC comprising of 200 members who are allowed to vote.
The list of names is according to the seniority they enjoy in the Standing Committee with Xi leading the group.
At the function, the team made their public debut, the seven had their numbers according to hierarchy written in small fonts on the stage. The numbers went like this: 7, 5, 3, 1, 2, 4, 6 (Xi Jinping was in the middle number 1)
Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, Zhang Gaoli meet with journalists in Beijing.