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Director General, Institute of European Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
The Chinese Dream brings new opportunities rather than threats. The world is diverse and multi-dimensional. When we compare various countries, we can use many indices and elements other than GDP. The rise of China is not only economic improvements but also advancements in culture, social system construction and political governance. We hope to prove that our road is accessible and feasible, demonstrating that other nations should be encouraged to find their own suitable paths of development.
Professor of Political Science, Kuwait University
In transitional phases, a nation’s dream is a national project. In China, the Chinese Dream means the renewal of the nation, a project driven by Chinese leadership. The Chinese Dream is definitely a goal of development, with optimum guidance through strategic roadmaps to the goal. The key to the realization of the Chinese Dream is the quality of China’s economic growth, which may be determined by its degree of economic openness. The Chinese Dream can foster significant enlightenment in the Arab world and has exerted or is currently exerting influence on Arab states, inspiring them to construct their own dreams. The essence of all these dreams is flavored with freedom, justice and dignity.
Visiting Senior Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
The Chinese Dream, while emphasizing the importance of the nation and its unity, suggests a different kind of relationship between state and society. It manifestly empowers the individual as the individual is encouraged to dream about not just the country’s future but his or her own future. We can already see this in the young with their sense of optimism and potential for the future. China will, over periods defined in the Plenum statement, pass through huge transformation in countless different ways. A different kind of Chinese individual, more cosmopolitan, global, empathetic, confident, broad-minded, and environmentally aware, will emerge. But the Chinese Dream is, nonetheless, above all a dream about China, about the nation and its metamorphosis.
Author of How China’s Leaders Think, a biography of former President Jiang Zemin, and chair of the Kuhn Foundation
The Third Plenum of the 18th CPC Central Committee provided a transformative vision for China and paved the road to the Chinese Dream. In his explanatory address to the CPC Central Committee, President Xi Jinping said, “We must waste no time deepening reform in important areas with even greater political courage and wisdom, firmly eliminate all ideological concepts.” He stressed “the development of practice is boundless, liberated thought is boundless, reform and opening up are boundless as well; there is no escape found in lingering and retreating, reforming and opening up only know the progressive tense, they do not have a perfect tense.” These are the strongest reform-oriented words in a generation, a public commitment to set a high bar for benchmark policies.