Xi Jinping: “The Governance of China”

Edited & Posted by: Paul Chong Tuesday, 25 November 2014 Source: CRI Online

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Xi Jinping (born 15 June 1953) is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, the President of the People’s Republic of China, and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission. As Xi holds the top offices of the party, state & military, he is sometimes informally referred to as China’s “paramount leader“. As General Secretary, Xi is also an ex officio member of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s de facto top decision-making body.

Son of communist veteran Xi Zhongxun, Xi Jinping rose through the political ranks in China’s coastal provinces – Fujian & Zhejiang . . . gone through the mills so to say. Was invariably chosen & groomed to become Hu Jintao‘s successor. He served as Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China between 2008 and 2013.

Taller than most of his predecessors, he’s a man of substance & vision. He knows where he’s leading China to & since his accession he’s been exerting his influence on a wider global scale with his brand of leadership – fearless but not dangerous.

His rhetoric is written in deeds . . . not just mere verbal convention. Here’s someone acting his role as a real leader with none to compare.

His book is to be read & we’ll be hearing more from & about him.

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His newly-published book “Xi Jinping: The Governance of China” appears to be captivating readers since its introduction in the UK.

A collection of 79 speeches and some 45 photos of the Chinese president, the book is meant to provide readers with firsthand insight to the Chinese leadership.

Frank O’Reily, a retired academic, bought the book when it first came out in the UK last month. “President Xi was quoting from Confucius,” he said “reading without thinking makes one muddled, thinking without reading makes one flighty”. So it’s his opinion that in the west, we have so many comments about China but they never actually refer to the actual words or speeches of the Chinese leaders, they never refer to what they actually say or write.

O’Reily says as a retired academic, Xi Jinping’s book is a helpful tool for those hoping to learn more about China.

“Presumably these speeches were made in Chinese, most of them anyway if not all, but the translation is very clear and very natural. And then there’s an index at the back which makes it an excellent reference book as well as a straight read. And also there are excellent notes to the chapters, to speeches on history, literature, etc, all clearly explained.”

The Governance of China” was first introduced at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.

It’s since been published in ten languages, including English, French, Russian and Japanese.

Ru Jing with the UK branch of China’s Foreign Languages Press, the book’s publisher, says they’re seeing an increasing demand for book on China written in English.

“The book has attracted a lot of media attention since it was launched. On top of that, we’ve seen quite positive feedback from the market. For instance, you can find the book on almost all major amazon sites, and with decent sales figures.”

Guanghwa Bookshop is one of the main UK distributors for “The Governance of China”. Located in London’s China Town district, the bookshop is a hub for all things Chinese.

Cai Shaojuan, owner of the bookshop says she has received many enquiries about Xi Jinping’s book from both old and new customers. “Most of them are academics who are interested in Chinese politics, but there are also young readers who come to enquire.”

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Guanghwa Bookshop is one of the main hubs promoting Chinese culture in London’s China town. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/DuanXuelian]

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Foreign students studying Chinese calligraphy at the Guanghwa Bookshop in London’s China Town .[Photo: Courtesy of Guanghwa Bookshop]

In the present world of storm

Just about anything can go wrong

China has challenges ahead

With Xi Jinping fostering the break.

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The Malaysian Creed – Be An Uncommon Man

Photo by Johan Yeong Sek Yee. Pernas Twin Tower at night.

“Much has been written on Dean Alfange’s poem “I do not chose to be a common man” which was originally published in This Week Magazine. Later printed in The Reader’s Digest, October 1952 and January 1954.

This is a simple & yet powerful poem depicting the individualistic principle of man, his right to freedom & choice, to live a life of his own choosing, to enjoy the fruits of his own labour, to stand tall & be counted for all his actions, to do the right things by his conscience, to undertake all things big & small in the final reckoning of what it means to be a Man! It shows the strength of character – a citizen that any nation would be proud to have! 

In the 70s when I burned off my academic bridges & plunge right in the field of life insurance sales in Malaysia . . . from a secured salaried man to that of strictly depending on commissions, this wonderful poem was my creed . . . my guiding light & principle. It enabled me to be well motivated, strong & independent and earning an unlimited income. This was an income truly commensurate with your time & effort – the sky’s the limit. On the reverse, the negative danger is zero income!

As the District Manager stationed in Ipoh, Malaysia for as then the fledging Malaysian American Assurance Co. Bhd., I had clients & agents of every colour, race or creed. Many of them were Malays. They were my friends & buddies, including high officials in the government service & the military. But I have been away from Malaysia since 1982 & have lost touch with lots of dear old friends.

There’s a group of my former HSC students from Anderson School, Ipoh (1966/67) that I still kept in touch through emailing. Many of them have succeeded well in life & even well decorated & honoured with distinguished titles of Dato/Datuk & Tan Sri/Puan Sri. I believe many of them attained their wealth & fame on “meritocracy”.

However, my heart bleeds to see both plight & flight of the new generations of Malay. The poor have remained way down in the economic scale . . . unable to compete with those with UMNO/BN connections or are bogged down in the political-social-economic quagmire designed & created by the elite UMNOputra group. The flight of the fortunate Malays to the economic “throne” is nothing to be admired . . . with their dignity in both flight & plight!

Looking in from outside, anyone can conjure the vision of “generations loss” – a situation that will further deteriorate the dignity & pride of the common Malays. None of them will ever be able to stand tall & erect, proud & dignified, to be able to face the world & say “This I have done!”

Needless for me to say why Malaysia despite its wonderfully natural rich resources is falling behind the rest of its neighbouring cousins in Southeast Asia or the Pacific Rim.

The UMNO/BN government has to go! A change must come about! That change has to begin with the people themselves. It’s not a violent revolution like the “Arab Spring” that is advocated but that of a “mental revolution”

If under the same circumstances, the rest of the population like the Chinese & the Indians can still struggle & survive, how is it that the so-called “elite” Malays cannot compete?

Read Dean Alfange’s poem. Memorise & internalise until it becomes part of yourselves. 

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I do not choose to be a common man, 

It is my right to be uncommon if I can

I seek opportunity not security

I do not wish to be a kept citizen,

humble & deluded

by having the State to look after me.

I want to take the calculated risk,

to dream & to build, to fail & to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole

I prefer the challenges of life to dole

I prefer the challenges of life

to the guaranteed existence;

the thrill of fulfilment

instead of a stale Utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence

nor my dignity for a handout.

I will not cower before any master

nor bend to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect, proud & unafraid,

to think & act for myself,

to enjoy the benefits of my creations

and to face the world boldly,

and to say: “This I have done”.

All this is what it means to be a MAN.

Dean Alfange – An American statesman born December 2, 1899, in Constantinople (now Istanbul). He was raised in upstate New York. He was Professor Emeritus at UMass Amherst and a leading figure in various pro-Zionist organizations (between other actions, in November 1943, he appeared before the House of Representatives and addressed them on the rescue of the Jewish people of Europe). He died in Manhattan at the age of 91 on October 27, 1989.

Excitement

Excitement

By Paul Chong

imagesLeap for joy!

Excitement is the essence of life – the spice that gives rise to all glories. It is one element that propels you to great height of achievement. To start with, it gives you a sense of purpose and direction.

As it is, we are all the products of excitement. We are born as a result of two people falling in love and getting excited about each other. Once that excitement ebbs its magnification wanes.

But excitement taken to another level is even more of a potent force. This according to Dr Napoleon Hill, the author of “Think and grow Rich”, is referred to as the “transmutation of sex”. That is to channel all those sexual urge, drive and passion to a more intangible motivation of magnificent obsession. It’s been noted that great men of the past were all highly sexed and who had been able to convert their sexual energy to achieve greater legacies in life.

Chronological age may be a hindrance to your sexual performance and satisfying your sexual partner. However, you can redirect and channel your sexual desire for achieving other areas of human endeavour. Like focusing the sunlight under a magnifying lens, it’s got to be well focused and concentrated. It will burn right through. In life this will be the spark that triggers off the “Towering Inferno”.

If you wake up each morning feeling blue and unexcited about life, then life will similarly treat you likewise. With excitement, you’ll wake up with the break of dawn feeling great and ready to go and face life’s challenges. Remember the time when you fell in love, everyday was a glorious day for you. You could promise moon and stars and do anything. Nothing is impossible.

When Mark Twain was asked the secret of his success, he merely said, “I was born excited!” Our two grandsons Daniel & Matheson demonstrate daily that life is great. They are always excited and doing things. Lets hope this excitement dies not as it always does with the growing of years. Children are generally excited!

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Life is great. Be excited about yourself. Be excited about the things you do – be it a chore or a hobby or a sport you love. Develop that great passion that will drive you to immeasurable heights.


Sing as though there’s no tomorrow

Love like you’ve never loved before

Play as you’ve been playing all day

Stay excited everyday!

Image012_2Daniel always excited about his ice-cream