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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Quotable Quotes On The Wall

Quotable Quotes On The Wall

(The Thoughts of Paul Chong)

The right choice of words can engage the brain in gear

To bring to fruition the concept or the idea.

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In the days of old without the luxury of modern day multi-media communication, all notices & information were plastered on the wall for public reading – particularly in ancient China. Information is a vital link between the state & the people and no less between individuals.

Chinese artists & calligraphers would also engage the medium of poetic sayings to display in their works. This sort of cultural display was and is rampant even today in the homes, schools, museums & just about anywhere. It is like decorating their walls with great ideas. Imagine a country with millions pursuing the same ideal.

Consciously or unconsciously, when I was running a delicatessen business in Kalamunda, Perth, Western Australia from 1984 to 1990, I plastered a lot of my poems & writings on my shop window. Apart from attracting many readers, they also caught the attention of the local press & I was dubbed the “Confucius of Kalamunda”.

The late Bob Duffield, journalist, author & lecturer, who penned a foreword to my little publication “How To Have Motivation Unlimited” was particularly impressed with my writings. Even more so, he was full of admiration on my principle for not selling cigarettes in my deli.

He wrote: “One day in October 1987. Paul’s medical student son, David, came home & said: ‘Dad, I know you don’t smoke, but you are catering for this health-destroying habit by selling tobacco to others. Doesn’t this put you in the position of a drug pedlar who, while not a user himself, makes an income out of selling the stuff?’”

Paul processed that through Ethical Motivation” he continued, “and promptly decided: ‘We will not sell smoke any more.” This was the poignant small-wall poster, among others, displayed in the shop window. Duffield ended his foreword with these words: “You can succeed without greed & win without sin.”

Those days I was using my old faithful ‘Olivetti Lettera 32’ typewriter from my University days. It’s a far cry from today’s modern technology and no comparison to my new 24” desktop Mac OS X which I received as a birthday gift from my three children. Yes, my greatest wish is to share my thoughts for posterity, hoping they would make a difference in the world we live in – “to succeed without greed and win without sin” in my new blog at:

http://p21chong.wordprtess.com

Therein I have posted quite a few topics, and will from time to time post new ones. The main entries are:

  • Prosperity, Posterity & Proprietary

  • Inspiration Vs Perspiration

  • Tiananmen Square: Protestors’ Debacle

  • The 4 Alphabets of Economic recovery

  • The Japanese Dilemma

  • Aspire to Inspire . . . Before You Expire

  • Remembering Life’s Lessons

  • Women – Men’s Equal?

  • Order Prevails Or Chaos Assails

  • Western Democratic Imperialism

Added to the above topics: Quotable Quotes On The Wall

(From the Writings of Paul Chong:

His Profound Simple Truths, Thoughts and Philosophy)

I am a Chinese by Descent, an Australian by Consent.

Hard work will not a person kill, but sheer idleness will.

In the past loyal employees are appreciated but with changing times flexible workers are more treasured.

To grow to progress is to change, and it should not be hindered by inhibitions.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

From the womb to the tomb there’s but one room. It’s either heaven or hell where for all eternity you “yell”.

Inward grace outward grace. Inward disgrace outward ugly face.

Attitude is your fortitude for it’s attitude more than aptitude that scales the altitude.

Do something expect nothing. Rewards are there when you least care.

The minefields are ever present in self-pride, gross individualism and self-centeredness.

Today’s value system is greatly distorted and truths are often twisted.

Be courageous – live on your feet rather living on your knees.

The fairways are wide and the hole is big. Yet the dimpled ball has its way of making its own sway.

Christians should not hold grievance nor should they entertain preferences. Not just between their fellow believers, but more as an example to non believers.

Set right your vertical relationship with God before establishing any human horizontal kind.

It’s love at first sight, and more love to sustain all fight.

They are intended for your reading pleasure. Feel free to make your comments. Have your say . . . and let them stay. If they are any good to you, do share them. Forward and circulate them among your loved ones, friends & all your email contacts.

Thank You!

Paul Chong

Tuesday, 2 July 2009