Xi Jinping's monumental work, "The Governance of China," stands as a testament to a visionary journey that has profoundly reshaped the destiny of the world's most populous nation.
In my two trips to China, first in 2018 and later in 2023, I had the privilege of observing the tangible transformations unfolding under Xi's leadership.
These journeys allowed me to witness firsthand the multifaceted dimensions of China's development, and it is within this context that we explore the profound implications of Xi's governance, as encapsulated in his book.
Reshaping China's Path
Xi Jinping's commitment to reshaping China's path is manifest in the very essence of his governance. His unwavering dedication to governing China under the Rule of Law reflects a deliberate effort to instill transparency, fairness, and accountability in the country's legal and administrative frameworks. This approach has not only bolstered China's domestic stability but has also contributed to fostering a climate of trust and reliability, which underpins the nation's remarkable progress.
A Triumph Over Poverty
The resounding success of Xi's leadership is nowhere more evident than in the unprecedented triumph over poverty. During my first visit to China in 2018, I had the privilege of witnessing the initial stages of this ambitious endeavor. The monumental feat of uplifting millions of people from poverty underscores the transformative power of Xi's governance. Upon my return in 2023, I was confronted with the undeniable evidence of this achievement, as rural areas I had previously visited had metamorphosed into prosperous communities. It is under Xi's leadership, guided by the socialist core values, including Marxism–Leninism and socialism with Chinese characteristics, that China has realized this monumental accomplishment.
Economic Prosperity and Job Creation
The economic vitality and remarkable job creation in China under Xi's governance are a testament to his unwavering commitment to national security. During both my visits, I observed thriving industries and bustling cities that were thriving testaments to the remarkable job market and economic development under Xi's leadership. This dedication to not only economic growth but also ensuring the nation's security speaks volumes about Xi's comprehensive approach to governance.
Global Environmental Stewardship
China, under Xi's governance, has assumed a leading role in global environmental stewardship. The country's commitment to environmental conservation is readily apparent, from the expansive national parks to the green urban initiatives. My second visit in 2023 only deepened my admiration for China's dedication to environmental sustainability. These practices embody the harmonious coexistence of economic growth and ecological balance, a testament to Xi's far-sighted approach.
China's position as a global partner in providing aid, expertise, and support to less fortunate nations is a hallmark of Xi's governance. The principle of "complete national reunification" for Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, as well as adherence to the One-China principle and the 1992 Consensus for Taiwan, reflects China's steadfast commitment to global peace and stability. My observations during both visits highlighted China's unwavering solidarity with underprivileged regions, underpinning its role as a global partner.
Building a Moderately Prosperous Society
Xi Jinping's vision for a moderately prosperous society encompasses the very fabric of Chinese life. It is an aspiration rooted in the nation's history, theories, and practical governance. As I witnessed during my travels in China, this vision has translated into improved living conditions and a palpable sense of unity and optimism among the Chinese people. The depth of community and well-being I encountered reflects Xi's vision of a prosperous and harmonious society.
The Great Way and the People
"When the Great Way rules, this land under heaven belongs to the people" - an ancient wisdom that finds modern resonance in Xi's governance. The focus on the well-being of the Chinese people takes center stage in his leadership. This emphasis on the welfare of the people is palpable in the warmth, hospitality, and open-heartedness I experienced during my travels in China.
Conclusion: A 21st Century Vision Realized
Xi Jinping's "The Governance of China" represents a 21st-century vision, brought to life through transformative leadership. It is a testament to an awe-inspiring journey that has redefined China's destiny on the global stage, both economically and culturally. My two trips to China, in 2018 and 2023, have allowed me to witness the tangible impact of Xi's governance, turning a visionary philosophy into a reality that has touched the lives of millions.
Xi Jinping's leadership has not only reshaped China but has also left an indelible mark on the global stage, demonstrating that a visionary leader can indeed change the course of a nation's history. It is within this intricate tapestry of governance that I had the privilege of witnessing the enduring impact of Xi's leadership during my two journeys through China's transformative landscape.