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szdaily -> Special Report
Xi’s book achieves global impact
    2017-December-7  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A BOOK on governance written by President Xi Jinping marked the 1,000-day anniversary of its debut in June this year, setting a new record in China’s 40-year publication history with over 6.25 million copies in 22 languages in print worldwide.

Titled “Xi Jinping: The Governance of China,” the work has drawn worldwide readers to the mysteries of its popularity and is leaving a profound impact on the world.

Since the book’s launch in September 2014, it has been translated into 24 languages in 27 versions, and more than 6.6 million books have been printed worldwide. All versions are available in both hardcover and paperback, measuring 155mm×235mm and counting 500 to 600 pages, depending on edition.

With 18 chapters of speeches and notes made by Xi from the time of his election as general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee in 2012 to June 2014, the book is known for being a “window” into the Chinese leadership and a “key” to China’s developmental success.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen requested a digital version to read on his smartphone; Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha recommended it to his Cabinet members.

Russian scholar, Yuri Tavrovsky, introduced Xi’s innovative reform measures to Russia’s readers in a recent book, and Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, not only has a copy for himself but has bought some for his colleagues so that they would “understand Socialism with Chinese Characteristics.”

Although three years have passed since the book’s launch, the demand for local language versions is still growing.

A dozen of the existing 24 language editions were released at the request of foreign countries, and by the end of 2018, another 13 language versions are expected to be added to the series, Xu Bu, president of Foreign Languages Press, the book’s publisher, said in June.

Speaking of the charm of Xi’s book, Seubpong Changboonchu, a teacher at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University and one of the translators of the Thai version, said the Chinese president reminds him of famous Japanese football cartoon “Captain Tsubasa.”

“The main character is a resilient person who works really hard to make his dreams come true,” he said, referring to Xi’s elaboration on the Chinese dream of great national rejuvenation.

Instead of painting an illusory picture, Xi drives home his belief that “hard work makes dreams come true.” He went to great lengths to address “all-round and deeper-level reform,” listing over 330 major measures in 15 fields, including fighting corruption and improving the judicial system.

“Xi’s thoughts are focused on the fundamental problems occurring as China transitions from a big country to a strong country, and his governing practice is aimed at accomplishing the historic tasks that come with this period,” said Han Qingxiang, a professor at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee.

Over the past five years, thanks to China’s strong determination and effective execution, the country has lifted over 60 million people out of poverty, created 64 million new jobs in urban areas, universalized nine-year tuition-free compulsory education, and established the world’s biggest health-care and social security system.

Earlier in June, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development expressed confidence in separate reports on China’s economic outlook, which doubled as a vote of confidence in China’s economic reform.

Impressed by the success of the Chinese path, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, in his foreword for the Uzbek edition, said Xi’s book offers important inspiration and guidance on governing a country, developing a market economy that fits national features and protects public interests.

In about two years, Pakistan issued both English and Urdu versions of the book. Chairman Mushahid Hussain of Pakistan’s Senate Defense Committee, who attended both publishing ceremonies, told Xinhua that he had learned a lot from Xi’s experience of communicating with the people when he worked as Party chief in an eastern Chinese province.

Xi’s confident style of governance has inspired many developing countries to seek a developmental path that suits their national conditions, observed Han, the Party School professor.

With the West haunted by terrorism, waves of refugees, financial crises and political deadlocks, more and more countries are joining China’s initiatives, such as the Belt and Road and the building of a community of a shared future for mankind.

French author, Sonia Bressler, first read the book two years ago and was fascinated by Xi’s thoughts on “peaceful development.” Having recently reread the work, she commented that China’s aim for “mutually beneficial cooperation” is just as relevant to today’s world as ever.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and British sociologist Martin Albrow, two renowned strategic thinkers, both saw new concepts in Xi’s book that will be able to help improve the current world order.

“At a time when some countries wrestle over global governance reform, China sticks to a more open and inclusive path forward, which answers the call of history and accords with international public opinion,” said Qin Yaqing, president of China Foreign Affairs University.

“It is an important reason behind both the growing global support for Chinese initiatives and the lasting global attention on Xi’s book,” he added.

(Xinhua)

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