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Xi's book on "Chinese dream" proves popular in Bulgaria

By Marian Draganov (Xinhua)    10:54, March 14, 2015

SOFIA, March 13 -- Almost three months after being published, the Bulgarian version of Chinese President Xi Jinping's book "The Chinese Dream of the Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation" has emerged as a popular best-seller in the Balkan country.

The book was the first publication of a collection of speeches by a Chinese leader in decades in Bulgaria.

Furthermore, Bulgaria, the second country that recognized the People's Republic of China in October 1949, became the first country in the world to translate President Xi's book.

Luben Kozarev, president of the book's publisher East-West, told Xinhua it initially printed 1,500 copies, "which for Bulgaria is a very good circulation."

Stoil Panayotov, co-owner and sales manager of Helicon, the largest bookstore chain in Bulgaria, told Xinhua it has sold so far more than 50 copies of the book at one of its chain bookstores near the city center of Sofia, capital of Bulgaria.

He felt the book would be popular especially among Bulgaria's intellectuals who are curious to learn more about the Chinese growth story.


Marieta Arabadjieva, First Secretary in Asia, Australia and Oceania Directorate at the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry -- also one of the researchers of the book -- told Xinhua the fact that Bulgaria for the first time initiated and carried out its own translation of the book is proof of sincere friendship between the two countries.

In the last five years, she had the opportunity to live and work in China and observe the dynamic changes in the Chinese society in all spheres of political, economic and social life.

To her, the book is significant because it is "a vision that unites people for a great revival. It communicates this idea to the outside world as openly as possible in order to win supporters and partners."

"I think that the publication of this book in Bulgaria fulfills exactly this important goal -- to explain to the Bulgarian readers that the Chinese Dream is striving for peace and balance in the world, and that China is extending his hand for cooperation to achieve global peaceful development," she said.


With its message for peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, the "Chinese Dream" goes beyond the geographical borders of China and seeks to appeal to people in other nations who seek development and a better life, Arabadjieva added.

According to her, the world needs a unifying vision for global peaceful development.

"We need leaders who not only think about the next 10 months, but have a vision for the next 10 years. Undoubtedly, President Xi is such a global visionary politician," Arabadjieva said.

However, the book does not describe utopia, she said. "Challenges outlined in the book show that the political elite of the country clearly understands the difficulties facing the future development of the second largest economy in the world, and has a commitment to take concrete measures to implement the necessary reforms," she added.

Donka Hristova, a fourth year student majoring in Chinese Studies at Sofia University, is an enthusiastic reader of the book.

She told Xinhua the "Chinese Dream" reflected China's reality in a very objective manner.


Hristova read the book in one go. The words reach people in an easy way because they are about dreams, ideals, something that is very close to everyone. "Many leaders of other countries can learn from this," she said.

After reading the book, Hristova felt the "Chinese dream" could be adopted by other people around the world. "I hope this dream will be implemented in many other countries as well," she said.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Kong Defang,Bianji)

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