Experts interpret the Chinese Dream

Experts interpret the Chinese Dream

SHANGHAI - Officials and scholars from around the world offered diverse views of how the Chinese Dream concept championed by President Xi Jinping will benefit the country and the world at the International Dialogue on the Chinese Dream seminar in Shanghai on Saturday.

The Chinese Dream - put forth by Xi soon after he ascended to China's top leadership position in November 2012 - calls for realizing a moderately prosperous society, national rejuvenation and people's happiness.

State Council Information Office Minister Cai Mingzhao told the seminar the call has resonated among the people and become a primary public discussion point.

"The Chinese Dream has a strong appeal because it reflects the wishes of hundreds of millions of Chinese for a beautiful future," Cai said.

Its appeal draws from public confidence of its attainability, as well as trust in, and support of, the new central leadership.

Cai cited a survey conducted in June by the Guangdong Provincial Survey and Research Center that found most respondents endorsed the Chinese Dream and were optimistic about its realisation. Specifically, 89.4 per cent believed the Chinese Dream can be achieved, it showed.

"In the past year since the convening of the 18th Communist Party of China National Congress, the CPC Central Committee, led by General Secretary Xi Jinping, has broken new ground, introduced new working styles and made new progress in various fields," Cai said.

The top political body has adopted eight measures to combat corruption and launched "mass line" educational activities for the Party to ensure officials are honest, the government is clean and political affairs are handled with integrity, he added.

Kuhn Foundation chairman, commentator and writer Robert Lawrence Kuhn answered foreign critics' charge that the Chinese Dream is vague and sloganeering in his keynote seminar speech.

He proposed a taxonomy of five dimensions from which to analyse the concept - national, personal, historical, global and antithetical.

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