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Heading for Resurgence: Exhibition of Xi's Ambitions

11-30 13:36 Caijing
"Everyone is talking about a China Dream now. I believe the revival of the Chinese nation is the greatest dream of the nation since modern times"

Xi Jinping, China's new head of the ruling party, has brought with what the official media outlets call "new styles" in his second official appearance together with other politburo members, half a month after their first debut after being elected.

"Everyone is talking about a China Dream now. I believe the revival of the Chinese nation is the greatest dream of the nation since modern times," Xi said during a visit to the exhibition titled "The Road Towards Resurgence" in Beijing on Thursday.

Xi Jinping (C), general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission (CMC), views "The Road Toward Renewal" exhibition along with other members of the Standing Committee of Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee including Li Keqiang (3rd R), Zhang Dejiang (3rd L), Yu Zhengsheng (2nd R), Liu Yunshan (2nd L), Wang Qishan (1st R) and Zhang Gaoli (1st L) at the National Museum of China in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 29, 2012. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

He said the country has never been as close to that goal, and the nation has never been so confident and capable of achieving it.

The exhibition is a series of showing about how the Communist Party has saved the nation and its people since 1840 when the Chinese people started their decades of suffering from invasions of big powers.

"The history tells us that everyone's future and destiny is closely connected with that of the nation," Xi said, "The talkers mislead a country while the does revive a country."

Commentaries in state media

The official CCTV highlighted Xi's common touch in a Thursday's night program, which can be seen in his languages, his pitch of voice and working style in the month. All in all, he has given people "a different feeling", the CCTV said. The host of the program cited Xi's speech at the revelation of the new leadership as an evidence. "[We] have kept you all waiting," Xi said when the new leaders stepped on stage nearly an hour later than scheduled. That has helped Xi gain credit both from both the Chinese people and foreign journalists.

"The new leadership faces many imperative tasks, from addressing rampant corruption to handling the prevailing discontent over income gaps. But Xi's no-nonsense style has inspired high hopes that such an approach will be shared across the CPC's ranks," the official China Daily said in a Friday's editorial.

Chinese official media outlets highlighted the importance of Xi's second public appearance as head of the communist party, comparing that to the ongoing Hu jintao.

According to Global Times, "the visit was of great significance at this special time, which inherits the past and forges ahead into the future." CCTV said Xi's visit to the exhibition is trying to signal where the Chinese ruling party is leading its people-"China Dream"; and how to there--be a doer rather than a talker.

After Mr. Hu was appointed president in 2002, one of the first places he visited was Xibaipo in Hebei province, the last place the Communist Party occupied before seizing Beijing in 1949.

The Global Times also defended Xi's stress on "national rejuvenation".

It says:

"Rather than the influence of nationalism, it is Chinese people's special attitude toward their families and their country that is the reason for this. Chinese people have traditionally paid close attention to their collective destiny. Patriotism has long been one of China's core values.

For some time, there have been some arguments that emphasize the exclusivity of the rights of individuals in public opinion. To some extent, that's because we only stress our national interests in historical terms. After 30 years' reform and opening up, we should rebalance the relationship between the country and our families in our mind. China should neither overemphasize the country nor exaggerate our individualism."


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