CPC-themed books gain global at­ten­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - 19th CPC National Congress -

A book of anec­dotes by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has sold nearly 1.5 mil­lion copies in less than four months. Another book, Xi Jin­ping: The Gov­er­nance of China, has sold 6.42 mil­lion copies in 21 lan­guages in more than 160 coun­tries and re­gions, and is about to mark its third an­niver­sary.

For Zhou Huilin, deputy chief of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Press, Pub­li­ca­tion, Ra­dio, Film and Tele­vi­sion, such sales show how China has opened a win­dow for read­ers from home and abroad to un­der­stand the coun­try through themed pub­li­ca­tions.

These pub­li­ca­tions re­fer to ti­tles on the the­o­ries, poli­cies and strate­gies of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, as well as the achieve­ments of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics and the Chi­nese Dream.

“As China’s com­pre­hen­sive na­tional power rises, more coun­tries and read­ers are ea­ger to learn about the world’s fastest grow­ing econ­omy, the world’s largest poli­tithe cal party and the lead­er­ship that over­sees both,” Zhou said. “In­tro­duc­ing good themed pub­li­ca­tions is an im­por­tant way to boost China’s soft power, clearly an­swer ques­tions for read­ers world­wide and boost our coun­try’s im­age and in­flu­ence.”

For the first time, the gov­ern­ment worked out a spe­cial plan for themed pub­li­ca­tions as part of its 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) for pub­li­ca­tions.

In May, the ad­min­is­tra­tion out­lined 97 ma­jor ti­tles for themed pub­li­ca­tions for 2017, in­clud­ing those in­volv­ing strict Party gov­er­nance and ma­jor gov­er­nance achieve­ments of the coun­try within the past five years.

The book of anec­dotes as told by Xi, pub­lished by the Peo­ple’s Pub­lish­ing House, in­cludes over 100 anec­dotes taken from hun­dreds of Xi’s speeches and ar­ti­cles, as se­lected by Peo­ple’s Daily.

“These vivid sto­ries, which em­body Xi’s pro­found think­ing on civil, po­lit­i­cal, di­plo­matic and na­tional de­fense af­fairs, as well as gov­er­nance of the Party, the coun­try and the mil­i­tary, have opened a win­dow to the essence of Xi’s re­marks,” said Yang Zhenwu, pres­i­dent of Peo­ple’s Daily.

Since it was first pub­lished in June, copy­right sales for the book in English, Ja­panese, Rus­sian and Viet­namese have been au­tho­rized.

“A story is bet­ter than a thou­sand dry ar­gu­ments,” said Yang Jingjie, an un­der­grad­u­ate at Bei­jing For­eign Stud­ies Uni­ver­sity.

PENG DAWEI / CHINA NEWS SER­VICE

Xi Jin­ping: The Gov­er­nance of China joins best-sell­ers at NeoLuxor book­store in March, when Chi­nese books were dis­played in Prague, Czech Repub­lic.

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