It means na­tion’s re­ju­ve­na­tion and has a strong ap­peal as it refl ects the wishes of all Chi­nese peo­ple for a bet­ter fu­ture

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - CAI MINGZHAO The au­thor is min­is­ter of the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice. The ar­ti­cle is an ex­cerpt of his speech at the In­ter­na­tional Di­a­logue on the Chi­nese Dream in Shang­hai on Satur­day.

In November last year, soon af­ter the con­clu­sion of the 18th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC), Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping put for­ward, for the first time, the idea of the Chi­nese Dream on a visit to “The Road to­wards Re­newal” ex­hi­bi­tion at the Na­tional Mu­seum of China.

In March this year, he fur­ther elab­o­rated on the Chi­nese Dream in his speech at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the First Ses­sion of the 12th Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress. Since then, he has talked about the con­cept on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

Xi stressed that the Chi­nese Dream means the great re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Chi­nese na­tion. It em­bod­ies achiev­ing pros­per­ity for the coun­try, re­newal of the na­tion and hap­pi­ness for the cit­i­zens. Only when the coun­try is do­ing well, can the na­tion and peo­ple do well.

Xi em­pha­sized that the Chi­nese Dream in essence means the dream of the peo­ple. The Chi­nese Dream is to let peo­ple en­joy bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion, more sta­ble em­ploy­ment, higher in­comes, a greater de­gree of so­cial se­cu­rity, bet­ter med­i­cal and health care, im­proved hous­ing con­di­tions and a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment. It is to let our chil­dren grow up well, have sat­is­fac­tory jobs and live bet­ter lives.

Xi stressed that all the Chi­nese peo­ple who live in our great coun­try at this great time have the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy a suc­cess­ful life, the op­por­tu­nity to re­al­ize one’s dream, and the op­por­tu­nity to grow and progress to­gether with the coun­try.

Xi also em­pha­sized that the Chi­nese Dream is a dream for peace, devel­op­ment, co­op­er­a­tion and mu­tual ben­e­fit for all. It is con­nected to the beau­ti­ful dreams of the peo­ple in other coun­tries. The Chi­nese Dream will not only ben­e­fit the Chi­nese peo­ple, but also peo­ple of all coun­tries in the world.

Xi’s state­ments have thus ex­plained the mean­ings of the Chi­nese Dream.

I be­lieve that ev­ery per­son in China has his or her own un­der­stand­ing of the Chi­nese Dream. Search­ing for Chi­nese Dream on search por­tal Baidu, one can get more than 100 mil­lion rel­e­vant ar­ti­cles. Pres­i­dent Xi’s pro­posal of a Chi­nese Dream has res­onated among the Chi­nese peo­ple and be­come a fa­vored topic. Why?

The Chi­nese Dream has a strong ap­peal be­cause it re­flects the wishes of hun­dreds of mil­lions of Chi­nese for a beau­ti­ful fu­ture. The Chi­nese na­tion is a great na­tion. It has cre­ated a splen­did civ­i­liza­tion. Yet it has also weath­ered many vi­cis­si­tudes. In the 100 years from the 1840s to the 1940s, China was re­peat­edly in­vaded. The Chi­nese peo­ple suf­fered ex­treme hard­ships and in­curred huge sac­ri­fices rarely seen else­where.

These tribu­la­tions taught the Chi­nese peo­ple a les­son: “Lag­ging be­hind leaves one vul­ner­a­ble to at­tacks.” Thus they de­rived at a com­mon ideal, that is, to re­ju­ve­nate the Chi­nese na­tion. From then on, the Chi­nese peo­ple be­gan to pur­sue this dream.

With the Com­mu­nist Party of China in the lead, the Chi­nese peo­ple strug­gled ar­du­ously and worked as­sid­u­ously, and fi­nally in 1949 founded the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China. The Chi­nese peo­ple fi­nally stood up.

In the 60 years since then, China has en­gaged in so­cial­ist con­struc­tion and im­ple­mented the re­form and open­ing-up pol­icy. Now the coun­try is at a his­tor­i­cal turn­ing point.

By putting for­ward the Chi­nese Dream, Pres­i­dent Xi opened a new chap­ter for the Chi­nese na­tion in the new cen­tury and has in­spired the Chi­nese peo­ple to as­pire for a beau­ti­ful life and the re­newal of the na­tion.

The Chi­nese Dream has a strong ap­peal be­cause our peo­ple are con­fi­dent that it can come true. A sur­vey con­ducted in June this year by the Guang­dong Pro­vin­cial Sur­vey and Re­search Cen­ter re­vealed that most re­spon­dents en­dorsed the Chi­nese Dream and were op­ti­mistic about its re­al­iza­tion. Specif­i­cally, 89.4 per­cent be­lieved that the Chi­nese Dream could be re­al­ized.

Peo­ple are con­fi­dent in the Chi­nese Dream be­cause we have found the cor­rect road to re­al­ize it. That road is so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics. It is built on ex­pe­ri­ences ac­cu­mu­lated in the three decades of the re­form and open­ing-up drive, in the more than 60 years of con­sis­tent re­fine­ment af­ter the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China, in the more than 170 years since the Opium War in 1840, and in the 5,000-year-long civ­i­liza­tion of the Chi­nese na­tion. This road is based on both his­tor­i­cal fac­tors and ex­ist­ing re­al­i­ties.

Along this road, we have im­ple­mented the re­form and open­ing-up pol­icy for 35 years. Dur­ing this pe­riod, China’s GDP has in­creased 142 folds and ur­ban res­i­dents’ in­come 71 folds. Peo­ple’s liv­ing stan­dards have been dras­ti­cally im­proved, and so has our com­pre­hen­sive na­tional strength.

Now, we are closer to our dream and goals than ever. This makes peo­ple be­lieve that as long as we fol­low the road of Chi­nese so­cial­ism, and ex­pand and ex­tend the road timely, the Chi­nese Dream can cer­tainly be re­al­ized, and China’s fu­ture will cer­tainly be more beau­ti­ful.

The Chi­nese Dream has a strong ap­peal be­cause our peo­ple sup­port and trust the new cen­tral col­lec­tive lead­er­ship. In the past year since the con­ven­ing of the 18th CPC Na­tional Congress, the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee led by Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Xi Jin­ping has bro­ken new ground, in­tro­duced new work styles and made fresh progress in var­i­ous fields.

The CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee has adopted eight mea­sures to com­bat cor­rup­tion and launched “mass line” ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties for the Party, so as to make sure that of­fi­cials are hon­est, the govern­ment is clean and po­lit­i­cal af­fairs are han­dled with in­tegrity.

The new cen­tral col­lec­tive lead­er­ship’s ef­forts to im­prove the gov­er­nance sys­tem and en­hance gov­ern­ing abil­ity have brought pro­found changes to so­cial life in China and fur­ther boosted the Chi­nese peo­ple’s con­fi­dence in the re­al­iza­tion of the Chi­nese Dream.

The Chi­nese Dream is im­mensely pop­u­lar and in­spir­ing among the Chi­nese peo­ple, be­cause they are look­ing for­ward to our na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion, and to a beau­ti­ful and suc­cess­ful life. In the one year since the Chi­nese Dream was put for­ward, it has emit­ted great pos­i­tive en­ergy in the coun­try.

The Chi­nese Dream has mo­ti­vated the Chi­nese peo­ple. It lays a blue­print for the great re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Chi­nese na­tion, and evokes peo­ple’s un­prece­dented con­fi­dence and pride in our na­tion. It in­spires peo­ple to work hard for a beau­ti­ful life.

In­spired by the Chi­nese Dream, more and more peo­ple have be­gun to chase their own dreams, in­clud­ing dreams to re­ceive bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion, start busi­nesses, pur­chase homes and get rich. Peo­ple firmly be­lieve that as long as they work hard, their dreams would come true.

The Chi­nese Dream has be­come a driv­ing force be­hind the deep­en­ing of the re­forms. At the Third Ple­nary Ses­sion of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee that con­cluded not long ago, the De­ci­sion on Ma­jor Is­sues Con­cern­ing Com­pre­hen­sively Deep­en­ing the Re­forms was adopted.

It has re­sponded to peo­ple’s con­cerns and re­quests and has cov­ered un­prece­dented re­form is­sues, win­ning strong pub­lic sup­port.

The De­ci­sion re­quires that the tasks to com­pre­hen­sively deepen the re­forms should be com­pleted by 2020. The dead­line is the same as that of build­ing China into a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous society in com­pre­hen­sive as­pects.

Such a broad con­sen­sus on com­pre­hen­sively deep­en­ing the re­forms has been reached be­cause the re­form mea­sures will con­trib­ute to the re­al­iza­tion of the Chi­nese Dream.

We can say that deep­en­ing the re­forms will achieve the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Chi­nese na­tion. Fol­low­ing this road, we can, step by step, reach our goal and re­al­ize our dreams.

The Chi­nese Dream gives CPC mem­bers a clearer un­der­stand­ing of their his­tor­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. The CPC’s fun­da­men­tal mis­sion is to serve the peo­ple. Its ma­jor goals are the pros­per­ity of the coun­try, the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the na­tion and the hap­pi­ness of the peo­ple.

The Chi­nese Dream pro­posed by Pres­i­dent Xi has closely linked the CPC’s poli­cies and prac­tices with the ba­sic in­ter­ests of the Chi­nese peo­ple, and tightly con­nected its des­tiny with the great re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Chi­nese peo­ple.

To strengthen Party build­ing, the CPC has launched “mass line” ed­u­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties. This is to fight against for­mal­ism, bu­reau­cracy, he­do­nism and ex­trav­a­gance in the Party, and re­move the dan­gers con­fronting the Party, such as a lack of drive, in­com­pe­tence, be­ing out of touch with the peo­ple, cor­rup­tion and other mis­con­ducts.

Through a se­ries of ac­tions to rec­tify work styles and tighten dis­ci­plines, CPC mem­bers are more con­sci­en­tious in up­hold­ing peo­ple’s in­ter­ests; and the CPC’s ap­peal to the peo­ple and its gov­ern­ing abil­ity have also in­creased mea­sur­ably.

The Chi­nese dream pro­posed by Pres­i­dent Xi has also caught in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion. I hope, through to­day’s di­a­logue, more friends across the world will be able to un­der­stand the Chi­nese peo­ple’s dreams, how they have chased the Chi­nese Dream and the pro­found changes brought about by the Chi­nese Dream.

I be­lieve that the re­al­iza­tion of a dream for 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple will be a ma­jor event in the his­tory of mankind. China will take on a new form and will make greater con­tri­bu­tion to the world.

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