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Narrating China's Governance

Stories in Xi Jinping's Speeches

  • Reveals how the Chinese government’s leaders elaborate on governance theories to their people and foreign friends via storytelling

  • Collects a wealth of vivid and profound stories permeated by the wisdom and power of Chinese history

  • Explicates Xi Jinping’s storytelling skills as a distinct feature of his leadership

  • With an extensive introductory chapter that contextualizes the stories for a global readership

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxv
  2. About Foreign Affairs

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 167-167
    2. Stories of Cultural Fusion: “Diversity of All Things on Earth Is Natural Law”

      • Department of Commentary People’s Daily
      Pages 213-236Open Access
    3. Stories of Historical Emotions: “Distance Can Never Separate Real Friends”

      • Department of Commentary People’s Daily
      Pages 237-251Open Access
    4. Personal Experiences: “Eternal Belief”

      • Department of Commentary People’s Daily
      Pages 253-264Open Access
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 265-266

About this book

This open access book captures and elaborates on the skill of storytelling as one of the distinct leadership features of Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and the President of the People’s Republic of China. It gathers the stories included in Xi’s speeches on various occasions, where they conveyed the essence of China’s history and culture, its reform and development, and the principles of China’s participating in global governance and cooperating with other countries to build a community of common destiny. The respective stories not only convey abstract and profound concepts of governance in comparatively straightforward language, but also create an immediate emotional connection between the narrator and the listener.
In addition to the original stories, extensive additional materials are provided to convey the original context in which each was told, including when and to whom Xi told it, helping readers attain a deeper, intuitive understanding of their relevance.


  • Xi Jinping
  • Story telling
  • The governance of China
  • China’s reform and development
  • New concepts and strategies of administration of China
  • Common development of China and neighboring countries
  • Incorrupt Government and good governance
  • People-to-people Friendship and diplomacy
  • Open Access

Authors and Affiliations

  • Beijing, China

    Department of Commentary People's Daily

About the author

The People's Daily is the biggest newspaper group in China. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Narrating China's Governance

  • Book Subtitle: Stories in Xi Jinping's Speeches

  • Authors: Department of Commentary People's Daily

  • Translated by: Jing Luo

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: People's Publishing House 2020

  • License: CC BY-NC-ND

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-32-9177-5Published: 25 November 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-32-9180-5Published: 11 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-32-9178-2Published: 20 November 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXV, 266

  • Number of Illustrations: 12 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: History of China, Asian Culture, Governance and Government

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)