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Student says Chinese Dream inspires Africans

By China Daily | China Daily | Updated: 2014-08-23 07:43

Student says Chinese Dream inspires Africans

Cyprian Nugah Doh has been impressed by China's growth. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The Chinese Dream | Cyprian Nugah Doh

Cyprian Nugah Doh from Cameroon has been studying in Shenzhen since 2011, and he is a firm believer in the great potential in the relationship between China and his continent.

Cyprian Nugah Doh's love affair with China and in particular Shenzhen, began in 2011, and it is still not quite over.

That was the year the 26th World Universiade was held in the city, bringing with it the Shenzhen Universiade Scholarship fund. Doh was among five lucky foreign students to benefit from the fund. He is now studying for his master's degree in international law at Shenzhen University Law School. Feeling blessed in his relationship with China, Doh's research interest is, not surprisingly, China-Africa relations.

Throughout his study, he has been impressed by China's stunning growth and opening up to the world that has captured the imagination of people everywhere.

"President Xi Jinping's speech after he was elected by delegates of the 12th National People's Congress as China's top leader in March 2013, reminded people everywhere of the responsibility we all have toward our own countries," he says.

"The Chinese Dream is seen by many as a call for China to exert greater influence worldwide, and Xi refers to it as a form of national rejuvenation. Some see it as a banner that exhorts greater efforts to achieve economic prosperity, while others see it as the pursuit of individual dreams."

But to Doh, the Chinese Dream, when compared with the American Dream, is not an individual goal, but a collective vision of achieving the revival of the great Chinese nation.

Hailing from Cameroon, the China Dream is of particular interest to Doh. "China benefits from trade with Africa, and also injects even more strength into the African economy. As China pursues its dream, it has convinced Africa that its dream relates not only to China's rejuvenation, but can also benefit others, including Africans, and boost prosperity all around," he says.

The way Doh sees it, the Chinese Dream cannot be realized without a benevolent environment, and that dream will in turn add to peace and prosperity of the region and the world.

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