As the 90-million-cadre-strong Communist Party of China (CPC) celebrates its centenary on July 1, among a million celebrations, the theme song “Our Dreams Shall Come True” of the documentary series “Making a New China” has become addictive among the Chinese masses.
Almost matching the fervor of Mao Zedong’s setting up of a “New China” of 1949, this 2021 national carnival, being built around Xi Jinping’s “China Dream,” marks the country’s final exit from its “century of humiliation” national narrative to herald “rejuvenation of the nation” as the new goal for its domestic and foreign policies.
Given China’s unprecedented economic rise and President Xi’s “Belt and Road Initiative” converting this economic leverage into political influence, his China Dream edict has come to be viewed as symbolizing Beijing’s roadmap with critical implications for global geopolitics.
This can already be seen in the way Xi has woven his “China Dream” around two centennial goals clearly defining where he wishes to see China on the 100th anniversary of the CPC in 2021 and where it will be in 2049, the 100th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
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