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Governance of China. Volume 1

By: Jinping, Xi.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Tuttle Publishing 2015Description: 515 p.ISBN: 9781602204096; 1602204098.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

"I've bought copies of this book for my colleagues as well. I want them to understand socialism with Chinese characteristics." -- Mark Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO, Facebook

"At great length, the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao explains to the world how China works, what it intends to do in the coming years during his tenure at the top and how its unique governing system will get it there." -- Huffington Post

"Certainly [President Xi] is working hard at being the confident father to the nation, developing an image which is much less constrained and technocratic than his immediate predecessors." -- BBC

The first published work by a sitting Chinese President, Xi Jinping: The Governance of China offers a unique look inside the Communist Party of China and its vision for the future. The book presents excerpts and summaries of 79 speeches, talks, interviews, instructions and correspondences in 18 chapters. Each item is accompanied by relevant notes about China's social system, history and culture. The book includes 45 photos taken at various stages of Xi's life, which provide readers with more information about his career and personal life.

Topics include: The Chinese Dream Economic Development The Rule of Law Ecological Progress National Defense "One Country, Two Systems" New Model of Major-Country Relations Combating Corruption The CPC Leadership
Under the leadership of Xi Jinping, the Communist Party of China has set off in a new direction of reform and modernization. The Governance of China will contribute greatly to the concepts and principles of governance within the CPC leadership, China's future path of development, and the nations domestic and foreign policies as well as responses to international concerns about China. It is essential reading for anyone interested in knowing how China, and more specifically, how its President views the world and China's place within it.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Socialism with Chinese Characteristics
  • The People's Wish for a Good Life Is Our Goal: November 15, 2012 (p. 3)
  • Study, Disseminate and Implement the Guiding Principles of the 18th CPC National Congress: November 17, 2012 (p. 6)
  • Uphold and Develop Socialism with Chinese Characteristics: January 5, 2013 (p. 23)
  • Carry on the Enduring Spirit of Mao Zedong Thought: December 26, 2013 (p. 27)
  • The Chinese Dream
  • Achieving Rejuvenation Is the Dream of the Chinese People: November 29, 2012 (p. 37)
  • Address to the First Session of the 12th National People's Congress: March 17 2013 (p. 40)
  • Hard Work Makes Dreams Come True: April 28, 2013 (p. 47)
  • Realize Youthful Dreams: May 4, 2013 (p. 53)
  • The Chinese Dream Will Benefit Not Only the People of China, But Also of Other Countries: May 2013 (p. 61)
  • Right Time to Innovate and Make Dreams Come True: October 21, 2013 (p. 63)
  • The Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation Is a Dream Shared by All Chinese: June 6, 2014 (p. 69)
  • All-round and Deeper-level Reform
  • Reform and Opening up Is Always Ongoing and Will Never End: December 31, 2012 (p. 73)
  • Explanatory Notes to the "Decision of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on Some Major Issues Concerning Comprehensively Continuing the Reform: November 9, 2013 (p. 76)
  • Align Our Thinking with the Guidelines of the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee: November 12, 2013 (p. 101)
  • Push Ahead with Reform Despite More Difficulties: February 7, 2014 (p. 112)
  • Improve Governance Capability Through the Socialist System with Chinese Characteristics: February 17, 2014 (p. 116)
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Growth Must Be Genuine and Not Inflated: November 30, 2012 (p. 123)
  • Open Wider to the Outside World: April 8, 2013 (p. 125)
  • The "Invisible Hand" and the "Visible Hand": May 26, 2014 (p. 128)
  • Transition to Innovation-driven Growth: June 9, 2014 (p. 131)
  • Revolutionize Energy Production and Consumption: June 13, 2014 (p. 143)
  • Rule of Law
  • Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Promulgation and Implementation of the Current Constitution: December 4, 2012 (p. 149)
  • Develop a Law-based Country, Government and Society: February 23, 2013 (p. 160)
  • Promote Social Fairness and Justice, Ensure a Happy Life for the People: January 7, 2014 (p. 163)
  • Culturally Advanced China
  • Enhance Publicity and Theoretical Work: August 19, 2013 (p. 171)
  • Strong Ethical Support for the Realization of the Chinese Dream: September 26, 2013 (p. 175)
  • Enhance China's Cultural Soft Power: December 30, 2013 (p. 178)
  • Cultivate and Disseminate the Cote Socialist Values: February 24, 2014 (p. 181)
  • Young People Should Practice the Core Socialist Values: May 4, 2014 (p. 185)
  • Foster and Practice Core Socialist Values from Childhood: May 30, 2014 (p. 200)
  • Social Undertakings
  • Eliminate Poverty and Accelerate Development in Impoverished Areas: December 29 and 30, 2012 (p. 209)
  • Better and Fairer Education for the 1.3 Billion Chinese People: September 25, 2013 (p. 211)
  • Accelerate the Development of Housing Security and Supply: October 29, 2013 (p. 212)
  • Always Put People's Lives First: November 24, 2013 (p. 215)
  • Build China into a Cyberpower: February 27, 2014 (p. 218)
  • A Holistic View of National Security: April 15, 2014 (p. 221)
  • Safeguard National Security and Social Stability: April 15, 2014 (p. 223)
  • Ecological Progress
  • A Better Environment for a Beautiful China: April 2, 2013 (p. 229)
  • Usher in a New Era of Ecological Progress: May 24, 2013 (p. 230)
  • Leave to Our Future Generations Blue Skies, Green Fields and Clean Water: July 18, 2013 (p. 233)
  • National Defense
  • Build up Our National Defense and Armed Forces: November 16, 2012 (p. 237)
  • Build Strong National Defense and Powerful Military Forces: December 8 and 10, 2012 (p. 240)
  • Build People's Armed Forces That Follow the Party's Commands, Are Able to Win and Exemplary in Conduct: March 11, 2013 (p. 242)
  • "One Country, Two Systems"
  • Hong Kong, Macao and the Chinese Mainland Are Closely Linked by Destiny: December 20, 2012, March 18, 2013 and December 18, 2013 (p. 247)
  • Create a Better Future for the Chinese Nation Hand in Hand: April 8 and October 6, 2013 (p. 252)
  • Handle Cross-Straits Relations in the Overall Interests of the Chinese Nation: June 13, 2013 (p. 256)
  • Together Fulfill the Chinese Dream of National Rejuvenation: February 18, 2014 (p. 260)
  • Take on the Task of Expanding Cross-Straits Relations and Achieving National Rejuvenation: May 7, 2014 (p. 266)
  • Peaceful Development
  • Strengthen the Foundation for Pursuing Peaceful Development: January 28, 2013 (p. 271)
  • Work Together for Mutually Beneficial Cooperation: June 19, 2013 and May 19, 2014 (p. 274)
  • Follow a Sensible, Coordinated and Balanced Approach to Nuclear Security: March 24, 2014 (p. 277)
  • Exchanges and Mutual Learning Make Civilizations Richer and More Colorful: March 27, 2014 (p. 283)
  • China's Commitment to Peaceful Development: March 28, 2014 (p. 290)
  • New Model of Major-country Relations
  • Follow the Trend of the Times and Promote Global Peace and Development: March 23, 2013 (p. 297)
  • Build a New Model of Major-country Relationship Between China and the United States: June 7, 2013 (p. 306)
  • Build a Bridge of Friendship and Cooperation Across the Eurasian Continent: April 1, 2014 (p. 309)
  • Neighborhood Diplomacy
  • Work Together to Build the Silk Road Economic Belt: September 2, 2013 (p. 315)
  • Work Together to Build a 21st-centuty Maritime Silk Road: October 3, 2013 (p. 320)
  • Diplomacy with Neighboring Countries Characterized by Friendship, Sincerity, Reciprocity and Inclusiveness: October 24, 2013 (p. 325)
  • Cooperation with Developing Countries
  • Be Trustworthy Friends and Sincere Partners Forever: March 25, 2013 (p. 333)
  • Forge a Stronger Partnership Between China and Latin America and the Caribbean: June 5, 2013 (p. 342)
  • Promote the Silk Road Spirit, Strengthen China-Arab Cooperation: June 5, 2014 (p. 344)
  • Multilateral Relations
  • Work Hand in Hand for Common Development: March 27, 2013 (p. 355)
  • A Better Future for Asia and the World: April 7, 2013 (p. 360)
  • Jointly Maintain and Develop an Open World Economy: September 5, 2013 (p. 368)
  • Carry Forward the "Shanghai Spirit" and Promote Common Development: September 13, 2013 (p. 373)
  • Work Together for a Better Asia Pacific: October 7, 2013 (p. 378)
  • New Approach for Asian Security Cooperation: May 21, 2014 (p. 389)
  • Close Ties with the People
  • Strictly Enforce Diligence and Thrift, Oppose Extravagance and Waste: January 17 and February 22, 2013 (p. 399)
  • The Mass Line: Fundamental to the CPC: June 18, 2013 (p. 401)
  • The Guiding Thoughts and Goals for the Program of Mass Line Education and Practice: June 18, 2013 (p. 410)
  • Establish and Promote the Conduct of "Three Stricts and Three Earnests": March 9, 2014 (p. 421)
  • Combat Corruption
  • Power Must Be "Caged" by the System: January 22, 2013 (p. 425)
  • Historical Wisdom Helps Us Combat Corruption and Uphold Integrity: April 19, 2013 (p. 432)
  • Improve Party Conduct, Uphold Integrity and Combat Corruption: January 14, 2014 (p. 436)
  • The CPC Leadership
  • Follow a Good Blueprint: February 28, 2013 (p. 445)
  • Study for a Brighter Future: March 1, 2013 (p. 448"Governin)
  • Train and Select Good Officials: June 28, 2013 (p. 460)
  • Appendix: Man of the People: Profile of Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC (p. 475)
  • Index (p. 499)

Reviews provided by Syndetics


China's President Xi Jinping follows the old adage of communist officials: speak endlessly and say nothing. Seventeen million copies of this handsomely produced compilation of 79 Xi speeches from November 2012, when he was anointed CCP chief, to June 2014 have been sold (or given away). Xi's pep talks mention most of China's problems--inequality, pollution, corruption, banking, and state-owned enterprises--but offer no specific fixes, only continuing programs of vague, upbeat "reforms" under CCP leadership. He proposes further marketization of the economy but in "balance" with state guidance. Xi's "Chinese dream" is not the individualistic American dream but a "moderately prosperous" and strong China that stands up to other powers. Unmentioned are the current ideological crackdown on Western influence, China's massive capital flight, or democracy. Xi's book comes at a time when several Western analysts see China reaching a "tipping point" or even "endgame" in which its interlocking problems start to cascade. Some claim a cult of personality is building around Xi, masking fear and decay. Those who have followed Xi's pronouncements will find nothing new, but the book may be useful for citing them. Summing Up: Recommended. Research collections. --Michael G. Roskin, emeritus, Lycoming College