The potentially greatest power of the world – China, has many opportunities within itself, to expand or to collapse. The new leader, Mr Xi Jingping calls himself a man with a dream, a China dream, to be precise. He has indicated in several speeches that he wants to reinstate the former glory of China in its rightful and deserving place on the world platform. It is an ambitious plan for China, but one that deserves an applaud. His current position entitles his decision to change the lives of hundreds of millions. He can shape history, easily, in this authoritarian state.
Xi seems to be walking in the footsteps of Deng, of being a reformer and positively encouraging the prospering of the economy as evident by his first trip to Shenzhen, termed to be the ‘Special Economic Zone. On a closer look, he wants to be the ‘man of the people,’ visiting poor villages and people. Next, he visited numerous high-profile military units. Perhaps his message is simple, to gather the allegiance of the armed forces so as to reign in peace as the next leader. If we were to analyse deeper, it is not hard to see from these political visits, that he has certain concerns (dreams) for the future of China.
At the top of the priority list, China would obviously want to be the next global power. But to do that, one has to know the problems China is currently facing and coming up with solutions to tackle such problems. It is stated, First there’s the fact that, ‘China must reform the way its economy is developing to make growth more sustainable, more equitable, less damaging to the environment.’ China’s new generation of leaders are aware of its problems and defects it is facing. Writer Gao Yu stated Xi Jinping ‘knows exactly where the party’s critical mistakes are.’ Perhaps so.
She furthers,’there is the “wealth gap” that has opened up in China. The benefits of reform have basically been taken by government officials. Money has flowed to them and to the rich, not into protecting our environment, or into social security, medical insurance or education.’
Moreover, “The whole world sees how corrupt our government officials are and how angry our people are. In their hearts people no longer believe in the legality of the party’s rule. That is the most important thing that Xi has to solve.” Gao adds.
With these problems identified and acknowledged by this new generation of leadership, the next question will be whether any actions will be done to solve them. This is a crucial question to discuss even before we can embark to discuss on China’s future. The future is not ours to behold, but is ours to make. May this reformer brings to China more prosperity, growth and benefits to the people. It might be not an easy task dealing with the corruption, inequalities, widening wealth gaps, unemployment, democracy deficit, human rights problems, environment pollution, etc and the list goes on and on. For now, it is better to stop dreaming and let us witness a change, a revolution.