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Chinese leaders’ images become more comprehensive

(People's Daily Online)

10:30, December 29, 2012

As the end of year draws near, the world's major media have released “News of the Year” one after another and “China” has become one of the keywords.

The news of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and the successful handover of the Chinese leaders occupies the first place of many media’s "Top Ten International News.” Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, and Li Keqiang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau frequently appeared on various news figure lists. Recently, the feature articles about the top leaders of the Party published by Xinhua News Agency have become the top news for overseas media. They are surprised at the most comprehensive ever images of Chinese leaders.

Recently, the whole world is watching closely every move of the new leaders of the CPC Central Committee. From no road closure during official activities and unscripted meeting speeches, to populist images on the microblogs and feature articles about the new leaders, all have shown the confidence and charm of the new leaders. Japan's Tokyo Shimbun referred to this as “fresh and amiable," while the Chinese version of British Financial Times interprets this as a “reflection of openness and transparency”.

As the focus of the world, China appears more and more stereoscopic. The Forbes is concerned about the globalization of Chinese companies; the New York Times turns to watch the trends of the Chinese netizens using search engines. And, the Guardian has realized that China will overtake Japan to become the biggest movie market after the United States. Moreover, how Chinese’ spending Christmas has become another focus of many news agencies.

Some people have exclaimed that, in 2012, developed economies’ share in the global economy has, for the first time, dropped below 50 percent since modern times. Some others have exclaimed that by 2030, China will overtake the United States to become the world's largest economy. These "exaggerated comments" seems to remind people of the Chinese word “pengsha” (meaning to kill by adulation) Wang Qishan jokingly mentioned recently when visiting the United States.

Be it praise or slander, China takes everything in its stride and as calm as the still waters that run deep. “The rise of China” was an important debate in the newly American presidential election. And in the second debate, the word “China” was heard for 22 times. With the rising of trade protectionism of America at the moment, “getting tough with China” became the catch phrase of the candidates in their canvasses. For all this, China laughs it off.

We know that China is the second largest economy, yet we also know more clearly that the per capita GNP of China still lags far behind. We know the world look at China with a hint of anxiety and seemingly “Made in China” has become an unbearable burden for them. We also know that we are still distance away from “invented in China” in its true sense. We know, China has a flourishing movie market, yet we also know how small a share that Chinese domestic movies take up in the world movie market.

World’s mainstream media have noted and covered in their year-end concluding reports China’s character of the year “meng” (meaning dream). In 2012, Chinese realized its dream of self-made aircraft carrier and the dream of winning the first Nobel Prize for Literature. Sure, China still has many unfulfilled dreams.

Under the attention of the world, "Chinese Dream" is quietly blooming.


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