"The Roadmap of the 18th CPC National Congress and the Chinese Dream," written by Huang Huaguang and Luan Jianzhang in a question and answer format, has been published by the Foreign Language Press. It helps to explain China's plan for future development and the domestic and international ramifications of the Chinese Dream.
Thanks to over 90 years of persistent efforts, the Party has rallied and led the people of all ethnic groups of the country in turning the once poor and backward old China into an increasingly prosperous and powerful new China, opening up bright prospects for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
– Report to the 18th CPC National Congress
On November 29th, 2012, the 21st day after the conclusion of the 18th CPC National Congress, Xi Jinping, newly-elected general secretary of the CPC central committee, led all the members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee to the National Museum of China and visited the exhibition on The Road to Rejuvenation. After reviewing the historical progress that the Chinese people have gone through in modern times to realize national rejuvenation, Xi Jinping pointed out: Everybody has an ideal and pursues his or her own dream. Now, people are talking about the Chinese Dream. I believe that realizing the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has been the greatest dream of the Chinese people since the beginning of the modern era. This dream concentrates a long-cherished expectation of many generations of the Chinese people, and encapsulates the overall interests of the Chinese nation and its people. It is the common aspiration of every Chinese.
This was the first time that top CPC leader had focus on the Chinese Dream. Soon a passionate response rose from the people of China, and the concept attracted wide interest and triggered heated discussions in the international community. Many tried to explore the political meaning of the Chinese Dream and its internal and external ramifications. Others sought to understand the concept. According to China's political logic and conventional practice, people would immediately apply themselves to studying, promoting, and implementing the spirit of the report after the conclusion of the 18th CPC National Congress. How could the Chinese Dream, a new concept which had never appeared in the past report to the congress, be proposed instantly after the congress had just concluded?
A careful assessment of the situation would reveal that it is not unexpected. The proposal of the Chinese Dream is a very reasonable step to take. Although the phrase "Chinese Dream" did not feature in the report to the 18th CPC National Congress, its synonym "the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation" appeared at least eight times. The report began with "opening up bright prospects for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation," and concluded with "launching the Chinese nation's irreversible historic march to development and great rejuvenation." The overall task of building socialism with Chinese characteristics is, as the report emphasized, "to achieve socialist modernization and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation." This has been the greatest historical goal for the Chinese people for more than a century.
The Chinese nation would be regarded as "rejuvenated" when the goals determined at the 18th CPC National Congress are achieved – that the construction of a moderately prosperous society be completed at the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, and that the construction of a prosperous, democratic, harmonious and modernized socialist country be completed at the 100th anniversary of the founding of new China. So the Chinese Dream is simply a summary and a popular expression of the aforementioned goals of the "Two Centennials," and the report to the congress has drawn a roadmap for realizing the Chinese Dream. If people want to understand the meaning of the Chinese Dream, they need to understand the essential spirit and the deep connotations of the 18th CPC National Congress, reflecting upon the political messages conveyed by the congress rather than speculating on what the Chinese Dream is and what it means.