Jan 31, 2013 07:16 PM

The Chinese Dream


Ordinary individuals were given an invitation to consider their hopes for China at the end of the National Party Congress last year. On November 15, Xi Jinping gave a speech defining the "Chinese Dream" after taking office as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party.

"Our people love life and expect a better education system, more job stability better income, more reliable social security, medical care of a higher standard, more comfortable living conditions and a more beautiful environment. They hope that their children can grow up better, work better and live better. The yearning for a good and beautiful life is a goal for us to strive for," said Xi.

After listening to his speech, I wrote in a microblog post:

My top ten wishes for the next 10 years:

1. [People] won't have to buy reliable infant milk powder abroad.

2. [People] will be able to purchase safe food in large super markets.

3. White collar workers no longer have to live as "housing mortgage slaves."

4. Pollution will not worsen.

5. The wealth gap will not widen.

6. The rich will no longer want to immigrate to foreign countries.

7. The number of "naked officials" [officials who send family and money abroad and flee the country] will decrease.

8. The stock market will be a place for people to create wealth, not a black hole that drains money.

9. Everyone will be able to get equal opportunity without relying on family connections.

10. Remarkable progress will be made in restraining the misuse of power.

To my surprise, the post was massively forwarded, and has now been read by over 100,000 people. Quite a number of Chinese-language newspapers, in mainland China as well as in Singapore and Hong Kong also reprinted my post. The content clearly struck a chord with the public.

Overall the public's comments can be summarized as follows:

1. I aspire to the same 10 wishes.

2. I'm not asking for much.

3. There's little hope that this dream will become reality.

In the new standing committee of the Politburo's first public appearance together at the National Museum in Beijing, Xi Jinping said, "Today everybody is talking about the Chinese dream. […] We will become a […] modernized country on its way to the ultimate rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. This is the greatest dream of the Chinese nation in modern history."

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