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Special> NPC & CPPCC Sessions 2013> Exclusive
UPDATED: March 11, 2013 Web Exclusive
Audio: The Chinese Dream
Edited by Chen Ran

The "Chinese Dream" was named the Word of the Year in China in 2012. According to Xi Jinping, the newly-elected Secretary General of the ruling Communist Party of China, the Chinese Dream is the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

How would people respond to this proposal? In March, Beijing Review reporter Liu Jian interviewed the country's political advisors during the first session of the National Committee of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, or CPPCC, the country's top political advisory body.

Zhai Jun, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, emphasizes that the "Chinese Dream" is a collective dream involving dialogue with other nations.

"My personal dream is intertwined with the country's dream. Our personal dreams could not be realized without the country's growth and development. As diplomats, we are making efforts to help the country achieve this goal through creating a favorable outer environment," Zhai said.

Fan Di'an, curator of the National Art Museum of China, shares his views from a cultural perspective.

"The most important thing for a nation is to have a common goal and dream which can affect the people's cultural psychology in a right way," Fan said.

He thinks the proposal of realizing the "Chinese Dream" is the result of history. It's an expression of the nation's rethinking, exploration and expectations.

"As the concept of 'Chinese Dream' is put forward, people in literature and art circles should think further about history and the future," Fan added.

In the eyes of Chen Zhongyi, a research fellow with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, "Chinese Dream" and the nation's core value could not be realized without the Chinese language as its cultural foundation.

"We have the Chinese language. It is the bond of national identity. It is important to take our mother tongue seriously. Without this root, how can we talk about culture and national identity?" Chen said.

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