Sharing China’s Governance Practice with the World —The Second Volume of Xi Jinping: The Governance of China Published
In November 2017, the second volume of Xi Jinping: The Governance of China, compiled by the State Council Information Office with the support of the Party Literature Research Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and China International Publishing Group,was published in both Chinese and English by Foreign Languages Press.
After the 18th CPC National Congress held in 2012, the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping at the core has led the Party and the people of China in a march towards historic achievements in development and reform of the Party and the country, lifting socialism with Chinese characteristics into a new era. While governing the country, Chinese Communists headed by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, have kept pace with the times and provided systematic answers, both theoretical and practical, to address two critical questions of this new era: What is socialism with Chinese characteristics that we are practicing and developing?How do we achieve it? Answers can be found in Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. The 19th CPC National Congress recognized its worth as the latest breakthrough determining the way forward for the Party.
Not surprisingly, Xi Jinping is the principal contributor to Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. The first volume of Xi Jinping: The Governance of China was published in September 2014 as a collection of important speeches and written works by Xi during the period from the end of the 18th CPC National Congress to June 13, 2014. The book attracted widespread attention and critical acclaim from many Chinese and foreign readers.After more than three years since the publication of the first volume, Xi has continued to explore governance of China in the new era and produced a series of new concepts, ideas and strategies which deepen and innovate the Party’s theoretical base.
The second volume of Xi Jinping:The Governance of China is a compilation of 99 of Xi’s speeches, conversations,instructions and letters from August 18, 2014 to September 29, 2017,accented by 29 related photos. It is divided into 17 sections based on topic. The book also features helpful annotations to enhance readers’ understanding. It reflects the development and main ideas behind Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and can help readers both in China and abroad better understand the essential spirit and profound connotations of the Thought.
New Thought for a New Era
Throughout the timeline from China’s revolution to socialist construction,reform and opening up and beyond, the CPC has always attached great importance to theoretical innovation and ideological development. The Party can bravely and ideally carry out innovative theoretical and ideological explorations at every complicated stage of building socialism with Chinese characteristics.
“Only when we clearly understand historical background can we deeply understand the meaning and value of a theory,” remarked Wang Xiaohui,deputy head of the Policy Research Office of the CPC Central Committee and vice minister of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee.According to him, the fact that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era is a historic turning point in China’s development as well as the foundation for Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.
Xi Jinping Thought on Socialismwith Chinese Characteristics for a New Era was born as domestic and international situations are undergoing profound changes and China is witnessing rapid all-around development. Wang Xiaohui commented that the Thought creatively answers two of the most critical questions facing China today: What kind of socialism with Chinese characteristics do we need to uphold and develop in the new era, and how should we go about achieving it?
Wang pointed out that Xi Jinping made remarkable contributions to the creation of the Thought. As he leads the Chinese people to improve development of the Party and the country, Xi has demonstrated deep insight, sharp intuition and strong willpower as a Marxist politician and theorist. Xi innovated many new, creative ideas, concepts and strategies and played a decisive role in the compilation of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.
Liu Feng, director of the China Research Center of Leadership Science at the Chinese Academy of Governance,commented that “putting the people first” is the fundamental requirement of the CPC as it serves the people wholeheartedly and the ultimate guideline and goal of all work, as well as the soul of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.
The second volume of Xi Jinping: The Governance of China elaborates on Xi’s insightful ideas to promote“people-centered” development, secure and improve the well-being of the people and constantly promote comprehensive development. “The nature of a political party and government is determined by whom they serve and whom they rely on for their support”; “Leading the people to create a happy life is the persistent goal of our Party”; “In the past, all people wanted was to have enough food, schools to attend and a place to live. Now the people have more diversified needs, aspiring to have a steadily increasing income, good medical services, equal educational opportunities, better housing, a beautiful environment, and clean air…”
In his report to the 19th CPC National Congress, Xi Jinping declared:“The original aspiration and the mission of Chinese Communists is to seek happiness for the Chinese people and rejuvenation for the Chinese nation. This original aspiration, this mission, is what inspires Chinese Communists to advance.” Hao Lixin, dean of the School of Marxism at Renmin University of China, pointed out that we must firmly maintain the “people-centered” principle to understand the essential spirit and profound content of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.
The second volume of Xi Jinping: The Governance of China is a vivid illustration of the great work shouldered by the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping at the core to lead the Party and the Chinese people in embracing and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics.An authoritative publication of the guiding principles of the 19th CPC National Congress, it presents the ideas that reflect Chinese wisdom and solutions contributed by the Party to build a community with a shared future for mankind and promote world peace and development.
The publication of the book urges officials and ordinary people to learn and understand the innovative theories of the Party. It is important to display the positive development of contemporary China and the Party and can help the international community better understand the path, concept and model of China’s development.