When President Xi Jinping articulated a vision of prosperity, national rejuvenation and happiness for the people at the UNESCO headquarters in March, he added the best footnote yet to the notion of the “Chinese dream.”
No other words about China in recent years have captured the world’s attention and imagination as those two have.
The phrase, first mentioned during a speech by Xi two weeks after he was elected general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee in November 2012, has been echoed repeatedly by Chinese leaders and is considered a central mission of the new leadership.
The latest reaffirmation came on Sunday, when Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao called on young people to work for the “Chinese dream” to integrate their personal dreams with the bigger dream of the Chinese nation’s revival.
Although the country might still be years, if not decades, away from living its dream for real, the Chinese dream has provided global inspiration.
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said in January during a visit to Beijing that he admired China for its great achievement of development and that he believed the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation will benefit the whole world as well as the Chinese people.
Asha-Rose Migiro, a former UN deputy secretary-general, also said last year that the “Chinese dream” resonated with the dream of Africa, as China and Africa can achieve common development through common efforts.
This is no accident and not difficult to understand. For one thing, the Chinese dream does not run contrary to the common aspirations worldwide, but is compatible with them.
Peace, prosperity, happiness and social stability, which are the essence of the Chinese dream, are also the most fundamental components of the shared pursuits of people worldwide.
In that sense, people across the world have all dreamt of the “Chinese dream” in their own way. It is no wonder that foreigners understand the notion upon first hearing it.
The Chinese dream also offers huge potential opportunities for cooperation and mutual benefit for other countries, both economically and politically.
China’s rapid economic growth has produced enormous “bonuses,” not only for the Chinese people, but also for the whole world.
According to figures from the National Statistics Bureau, China has topped the list of contributors to the global economy, with up to 19.2 percent of world economic growth coming from China in 2007, compared to only 2.3 percent in 1978.
China is not only the main engine of global economic growth, but also the defender of regional peace and stability.
Unlike certain troublemakers in the region, China has the resolve to create with Asian countries a peaceful and bright future for East Asia and the rest of the continent.
The realization of the Chinese dream does not entail fracturing the dreams of other countries. On the contrary, it helps them to realize their own dreams of peace and prosperity. – Xinhua
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