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Chinese dream can be shared

By Zheng Xiwen (China Daily) Updated: 2013-08-08 09:14

The Chinese dream not only steers a strategic blueprint for China's future development, it also reflects China's foreign policies in the new era and has far-reaching implications for the world.

First, the Chinese dream is a dream of peace. Peace and development, echoing the themes of the times, are the means to achieve national prosperity and rejuvenation, and ensure people's well-being.

Throughout history, China has sought peaceful relations with other countries. Zheng He (1371-1433) led trading fleets west seven times, bringing peace and friendship to more than 30 countries and regions in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The Silk Road linking China with central and western Asia and Europe was a road for peaceful cooperation.

The Chinese people are deeply aware of the preciousness of peace, as China suffered humiliation and bullying at the hands of foreign invaders in modern times.

China's remarkable progress since reform and opening-up has also made people fully aware that without peace little can be achieved. So the country strives for development in a peaceful global environment and promotes world peace through self-development.

China's new leadership is determined to pursue peaceful development along with the Chinese people, which fully exhibits the peaceful nature of the Chinese dream.

The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China conducted a group study session on Jan 28 to address the topic of sticking to the path of peaceful development. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Party who chaired the session, said the path of peaceful development is a strategic choice the Party has made according to the trend of the times and China's fundamental interests.

Second, the Chinese dream is a dream of development. It never aims to conquer, surpass, or replace anyone, it aims to bring benefits to the Chinese people and propel common global development.

Since the birth of the People's Republic of China more than six decades ago, China has made astonishing progress, rising to be the second-largest economy in the world. The comprehensive strength of China as well as people's living standards has been enhanced greatly.

However, China's basic national conditions remain unchanged, it has a huge population, a weak economic foundation and unbalanced development. China's per capita GDP ranks 89th on the global list.

According to the standard set by the United Nations, 128 million people in China still live under the poverty line. Development remains the country's top priority. China's development will vigorously drive up the development of other countries and regions, and promote common progress.

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