| Zhang Jianhua |
LONDON (Xinhua) – British readers are probing into China’s vision for its future aspirations through a new book by Chinese President Xi Jinping on governance.
The book, “Xi Jinping: The Governance of China”, contains 79 speeches, answers to questions and instructions by Xi from Nov 15, 2012 to June 13, 2014. It has been published in at least nine languages since September.
The book made its international debut at the Frankfurt book fair in October and was soon introduced to Britain.
Keith Baker, a retired secondary school teacher living in Reading, Berkshire, was one of the first Britons who had purchased and read the book.
“After looking at it, I realized that it gives a clear and authoritative view of China’s vision for the future in a rapidly evolving world,” he said.
He added that the book “enables the reader to become much better informed, regardless of their current state of knowledge.”
“It is full of pertinent information and essentially looks to the future aspirations of China, whilst not shying away from discussing endemic problems such as corruption,” he continued.
He noted that, apart from specialists in the subject, “most foreign readers lack an in-depth understanding of China’s history, its culture, its problems, its people’s aspirations for the future and its rapidly developing economic and international role in the world”.
“As a vision, it outlines the long-term goal to establish a law-based society where there will be greater social stability and more equably distributed wealth for all. A very difficult but worthwhile aspiration to achieve,” he elaborated.
Commenting on Xi’s record of governance, Baker said the Chinese president “has obviously spent many years analysing and considering how best to tackle China’s problems and tremendous opportunities”.
“President Xi comes across as having a clear vision for the future and someone who will tackle any problem which is perceived as an obstacle to China’s development and legitimate interests in the world with resolute strength and determination,” he explained.
The 70-year-old said he was particularly interested in the chapters concerning China’s foreign policy and international affairs.
Describing Xi’s views as “forward looking”, Baker said, “The chapters on foreign policy are authoritative policy statements of China’s relations with the rest of the world.”
“They don’t discuss past conflicts and how they were resolved, or current ones, but state China’s desire to contribute to peace and economic development in what is frequently an unstable international world; whilst at the same time defending its national interests,” he told Xinhua.
Baker’s views were echoed by other readers of the book, which is now on sale at some major international online bookstores.
“In foreign affairs, Xi is proving to be deft, adept, without arrogance, in his dealings with the leaders of other world powers,” a customer who gave his name as “Hande” commented on the British website of Amazon.com.
Referring to Xi’s governance style, he added, “The speeches show Xi to be a practical and sensible man not given to hype and… they also reveal his perseverance and resolve.”
Guanghwa Bookshop, located in the Chinatown area in central London, is one of the major distributors for the book in Britain. The shop has placed the book in its “bestsellers” category since it hit the shelves two months ago.
Wendy Choi, manager of the bookshop, said the book has become popular among those who are interested in Chinese affairs.
“Buyers of the book tend to be scholars and followers of Chinese politics, but there are also young students who come to inquire about the book,” she told Xinhua.