Dreaming of the Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation
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Since the 18th Party Congress in 2012, there has been a steady stream of articles in the Chinese press discussing the “Chinese Dream” It is a dream of national rejuvenation, of China taking its rightful place in the world. There is no definition of national rejuvenation: nobody knows what it will look like. According to the Chinese leadership, the future models must be found from domestic soil and tradition. Traditionally, China was seen as a civilization at the center of All-Under-Heaven, a non-hegemonic power which relied to force only in order to protect itself against outside aggression. There are two upcoming centennials that serve as major milestones along the way to the rejuvenation, namely the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party in 2021, and the establishment of the People’s Republic in 2049. The celebrations then will reveal if China follows this ancient tradition of benevolence, peacefulness and wisdom.
KeywordsChina The Chinese dream International relations Soft power Confucianism Xi Jinping
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