New leadership, new approaches

By Sun Yeli
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The Chinese Dream in essence means prosperity and strength for the country and happiness for the people.

The book highlights Xi's strong confidence in socialism with Chinese characteristics, as the right way to realize the Chinese Dream. He stresses that we should be fully confident in the path, the theory, and the system of Chinese socialism.

One of Xi's most famous quotes is: "Only the wearer of a pair of shoes knows if they fit, and only the people can best tell if the development path they have chosen suits their country." Xi believes that a country's unique cultural traditions, historical experiences and national conditions determine the development path that best suits its characteristics.

China is now confronted with a series of conflicts and challenges, such as unbalanced and unsustainable development, inadequacy of scientific and technological innovation, an industrial structure that needs upgrading, growing social conflicts and gaps between rural and urban incomes and development, as well as rampant corruption. If these problems are not solved, China's development will be hampered and the Chinese Dream will remain elusive.

Xi emphatically makes the point that deepening reform and opening-up is the only way to solve these problems. "Reform and opening-up are always ongoing and will never end."

The book presents Xi's overall vision of reform, and the particularities of how reform will impact on China's economy, politics, culture, society, ecology and national defense.

Seven articles present Xi's thinking and policy measures on improving the work of officials and combating corruption. The new central leadership, committed to a policy of zero-tolerance toward corruption, is firm in its determination to catch the "tigers" as well as the "flies" - high-ranking officials guilty of corruption as well as petty ones. Dozens of corrupt officials at ministerial level or above have already fallen from power, and other serious cases are under investigation. Clearly committed to combating corruption with "combined blows," Xi has also vowed to put "power in a cage", stressing the construction of a system to effectively restrict the exercise of power and subject it to public scrutiny.

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