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From Xi Jinping’s Chinese Dream to Malaysian Chinese’s dream - Tay Tian Yan

Malaysia had been busy hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping and wife Peng Liyuan over the past few days.

The people witnessed the arrival of the couple from the moment they stepped out of the plane.

Xi Jinping was in a black suit, white shirt and light blue tie while Peng Liyuan wore a navy-blue dress and a silver-blue coat, with a small bag of the same colour. They stood on the boarding bridge and waved to greet the people with a friendly smile on their faces.

The background was a clear blue sky and it looked natural and comfortable.

It is different with the people's impression on Chinese leaders. If you can still remember Hu Jintao and his wife who looked a bit stiff and Wen Jiabao who was here on his own, you should be able to feel the differences.

The Malaysian government hosted the couple with the highest standard of hospitality and our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who looked worried over the past few months, also seemed delighted.

For Najib, his family is having some kind of special ties with Chinese leaders and his China Policy is also a focus of the foreign policy of Malaysia.

Xi's visit this time has paved a high-speed path for the long-term prospect of the bilateral relations. This could be seen from the upgraded five-year economic programme, as well as the expected doubled trade volume in 2017.

During an interview with Sin Chew Daily, Najib pointed out that from the original "strategic partner", the bilateral relations will be expanded to "a comprehensive strategic partner" with deeper significance.

For China, it builds its base in Malaysia to consolidate its status in Asean, expand its influence, as well as develop a stable hinterland benefiting China.

Xi has been actively visiting other countries and stressing the international view of China since he took over the office.

Compared with the isolation of Jiang Zemin's administration and the passive Hu Jintao's era, Xi is obviously more forward-looking, active and positive, while showing great confidence of a big country.

From the style of a national leader, we can more or less see the direction of the country.

Xi was born in a well-known family and his father was a veteran leader of the Chinese Communist Party. However, his youth was spent in the misery of the Cultural Revolution and the rashness era.

His transformation and growth started after China's reform and opening up and therefore, he witnessed the modernisation process and enjoys the fruits of development.

The experience makes him possess a wider vision than his predecessors and take a more forward-looking political line.

He has spoken about the Chinese Dream several times after taking office and the focus is to create a revival of the Chinese based on reforms, opening up and peace.

The Chinese Dream is not about advocating hegemony, but to get into world civilisation, work together with different countries, and attract international capital and technology.

More importantly, China wishes to share its fruits with the world to benefit all.

I like his summary: "World progress is like a tidal wave. Those who ride it will prosper, and those who fight against it will perish".

The Chinese Dream should follow the world progress to accept universal values while developing economy so that its people can live with dignity and create a happy and harmonious society.

It reminds me of the American Dream rooted in the hearts of Americans.

The American Dream was first mentioned by James Truslow Adams in 1931. It advocates a fair society going beyond racial, gender and class differences. Everyone can develop a happy and successful life based on their own efforts.

Americans embraced the belief and worked hard to achieve their goals and thereby, created a peaceful and prosperous country.

In recent years, however, materialism and hedonism have led to youth dejection, greedy Wall Street speculators, short-sighted politicians and political struggles which have more or less eroded the American Dream and weakening the strength of The United States.

The American Dream is fading and it is indeed a pity.

It was at that time Xi put forward the Chinese Dream to unite the Chinese people's sentiment and inspire them to move towards revival and prosperity.

Of course, the Chinese Dream must not ignore social justice, democracy and human rights. It must also rectify problems like corruption and serious environmental pollution.

The Chinese Dream can only be achieved on the bases of equality and justice.

The visit of Xi has pushed the Malaysia-China relations to new heights while setting off a craze in the Malaysian Chinese community. Those who had the opportunity to participate were excited and proud of it.

From the economic point of view, the improved Malaysia-China relations would bring more opportunities to Malaysian Chinese and from the cultural point of view, it has also widened the room for cultural and educational development.

Malaysian Chinese also have a dream. They hope to be granted equal status and opportunities in the country so that everyone can pursue their goals based on their own efforts.

The dream of Malaysian Chinese is to create a tolerant and moderate society without racism, religious bigotry, discrimination and edging out. They hope to unite regardless of race and religion to promote democracy, prosperity and progress.

Everyone has a dream, that is, to live a happy life. -, October 7, 2013.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.


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