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'Great Renaissance' indeed. The suppression of artistic expression and any political change drains all meaning from these words. High sounding but ultimately hollow sloganeering from the CCP. President Xi's speechwriters really need to go back to the history books to find out what The Renaissance Period in the Europe was all about, and what it meant for Western Civilization.

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The irony of this will be the first people to blast China on this will be the same ones who support Abe and Japan for doing the same.

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The big difference smith is that Japan's "renaissance" doesn't include expanding it's territory to include the entire South and East China Seas or trying to become the biggest military power in Asia.

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Asia needs a new leader, a nation competence to lead the region to prosperity and of course it was definately NOT the one that is the most rottoned and warmongering by invading other countries through the process of regieme change as we seen in the past decade, the invasion of Iraq and lead the whole world economy in despair, a very unresponsible so called super power now hanging on power in the expense of debts!

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"while increasing military power and avoiding political change that could threaten its grip on power."

Yep, sounds like a Renaissance to me.

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The domestic Chinese mainland press has not used the term 'renaissance' but 'rejuvenation' and the 'Chinese Dream'.

The Western press seems to use terms and concepts that are rooted in Western history. According to online dictionary to mean 'the activity, spirit, or time of the great revival of art, literature, and learning in Europe beginning in the 14th century and extending to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world.'.

... the focus and the Chinese President is not focusing on arts, literature and learning here but much more..

Read another Western press: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9935609/Xi-Jinping-calls-for-a-Chinese-Dream.html

and a Chinese one: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-03/17/content_16314329.htm


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As is always the case, when looking at China, one should take the long, historical view. The past 200 years is a blip, and is primarily marked by a people trying to overcome the collapse of the last dynasty and deep exploitation by outsiders.

The last 68 years has been a "correction", and much like economic corrections it has been difficult, fraught, often painful and tragic, but ultimately seems to be proving that this people is getting itself back on track. We should also recognize and acknowledge that this "track" is a Chinese people's track, not anyone else's.

To say China should be like the USA, or Europe, or Japan is fundamentally silly; they need to be like Chinese, or they won't succeed. Granted, in today's world there are common international mores and standards that any global culture needs to address and abide by as good world citizens, so there's that.

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The big difference smith is that Japan's "renaissance" doesn't include expanding it's territory to include the entire South and East China Seas or trying to become the biggest military power in Asia.

Oh but it did. And if Abe gets his way I'm sure Japan would try again.

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@Xeno23 nobody expects China to be like or develop to anything else but Chinese... the only problem is how the "modern" Chinese government approaches the world stage and the direction they want to aim for. People love to say the US is Imperialistic, but to be honest they have no idea what true imperialism entails.

Remember China's current policy is "The people for the government" not "The government for the people" although that is what communism is supposed to be about until some loons get into a position of power/control and don't want to let it go.

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