21 March 2019
For many people, "Chinese Dream" means a corruption-free nation. Photo: Reuters
For many people, "Chinese Dream" means a corruption-free nation. Photo: Reuters

What ‘Chinese Dream’ means to the masses

President Xi Jinping’s “Chinese Dream” encapsulates his vision of the nation’s future. It is about national rejuvenation, a more prosperous society and a better quality of life for the people. But apart from the official line, the term means something different to the general public.

If comments from cyber citizens are to offer any clue, Chinese people dream of a corruption-free nation.

Research reports by government-backed organizations support this view, suggesting that the government shares this collective wish of the people.

For example, the Social Science Academy of Guangdong established a provincial situation survey research center in June 2013, which conducted a study on the people’s perception of the “Chinese Dream”.

According to the survey, 49 percent of the respondents regard the country’s power, rejuvenation of the nation and well-being of people as essentials of the Chinese Dream.

When asked about the major obstacle to realizing this dream, over 66 percent answered “corruption and decadency”.

This is the case not only in Guangdong. Social science academies in various parts of the country have released similar results.

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Associate professor and director of Global Studies Programme, Faculty of Social Science, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Lead Writer (Global) at the Hong Kong Economic Journal

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