The Re-imagining of China under President Xi Jinping

de Burgh, H. 2018. The Re-imagining of China under President Xi Jinping. China Media Research . 14 (1), pp. 104-110.

TitleThe Re-imagining of China under President Xi Jinping
Authorsde Burgh, H.
Abstract

This article explains how Xi Jinping is consolidating an identity for China, at home and abroad, which draws upon the country’s past more than upon its recent revolutionary history. In so doing, he appears to be acknowledging the desire of many, perhaps the majority, of Chinese people, to defend their culture against conversion; he is also providing an ideology to inspire the young and the servants of the state, offering an alternative to ‘westernisation’ and, in effect, replacing the now discredited Marxism-Leninism of his predecessors. Rather than rejecting China’s past as they did, Xi speaks of a renaissance of it. The implications for international relations are substantial. The writer suggests that Westerners should welcome this, as the ideology is not missionary or universalist, but advances stability and respect for difference as fundamentals of its approach to the wider world.

KeywordsChina, Xi Jinping, Identity, Culture
JournalChina Media Research
Journal citation14 (1), pp. 104-110
ISSN1556-889X
Year2018
PublisherAmerican Chinese Media Research Association and the Communication Studies Institute of Zhejiang University
Web address (URL)http://www.chinamediaresearch.net

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