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'Great China' in the eyes of a Serbian journalist

By Milan Radonjic, Wang Hui (Xinhua)

08:21, August 28, 2012

BELGRADE, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Peace is the most important precondition for future development and final realization of idea of "Great China", according to a Serbian journalist who spent some 14 years in Beijing and coined the very term.

In his latest book, The Birth of Great China, published in June 2012, Aleksandar Novacic presents the term "Great China" as guiding principle of all leaders of modern China in the past century, those who have helped the country make the revolutionary change from a collapsed empire to a world superpower in just 100 years.

"Everyone knows that China is a great country, but not of the specific term: Great China. This is a book about Chinese leaders within last 100 years who changes the country under their guidance. Each of them had the idea of Great China, and his own visions of it," said Novacic.

During the past 30 years Novacic has researched the development of China and wrote six books, namely The Big Turn (1979), Red Mandarin (1996), Dragons Are Coming (1999), Chinese Mosaic (2000), China, the Dragon on Olympus (2008), and The Birth of Great China (2012).

Graduated from political sciences in Belgrade University, Novacic got a job in Tanjug News Agency. He arrived in Beijing for the first time in 1976, among the first foreign batch of correspondents who have visited the until-then-closed provinces like Tibet and Xinjiang, as well as the special economic zones such as Shenzhen.

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