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Compiled by the State Council Information Office of China, the CCCPC Party Literature Research Office and China International Publishing Group, Xi Jinping: The Governance of China is published by Foreign Languages Press in Chinese, English, French, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Japanese, distributed worldwide. This book is a compilation of Xi Jinping’s ma Compiled by the State Council Information Office of China, the CCCPC Party Literature Research Office and China International Publishing Group, Xi Jinping: The Governance of China is published by Foreign Languages Press in Chinese, English, French, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Japanese, distributed worldwide. This book is a compilation of Xi Jinping’s major works from November 15, 2012 to June 13, 2014; it comprises 79 speeches, talks, interviews, instructions and correspondence in 18 chapters. Each item is accompanied by relevant notes about China’s social system, history and culture for readers’ reference. It also includes 45 photos taken at different stages of Xi’s life, providing readers with more information about his work and life. The publication of this book in various languages is of great significance. It will contribute to interpreting the concepts and principles of governance of the CPC leadership, and help the international community to learn more about and better understand China’s ideas, path of development, domestic and foreign policies, and response to international concerns about China.


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Compiled by the State Council Information Office of China, the CCCPC Party Literature Research Office and China International Publishing Group, Xi Jinping: The Governance of China is published by Foreign Languages Press in Chinese, English, French, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Japanese, distributed worldwide. This book is a compilation of Xi Jinping’s ma Compiled by the State Council Information Office of China, the CCCPC Party Literature Research Office and China International Publishing Group, Xi Jinping: The Governance of China is published by Foreign Languages Press in Chinese, English, French, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Japanese, distributed worldwide. This book is a compilation of Xi Jinping’s major works from November 15, 2012 to June 13, 2014; it comprises 79 speeches, talks, interviews, instructions and correspondence in 18 chapters. Each item is accompanied by relevant notes about China’s social system, history and culture for readers’ reference. It also includes 45 photos taken at different stages of Xi’s life, providing readers with more information about his work and life. The publication of this book in various languages is of great significance. It will contribute to interpreting the concepts and principles of governance of the CPC leadership, and help the international community to learn more about and better understand China’s ideas, path of development, domestic and foreign policies, and response to international concerns about China.

30 review for The Governance of China

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tom Shannon

    I don't think this book is 5 stars to everyone. As it is written by a political leader, there is a lot of repetition in the main ideas. It is filled with footnotes and quotes from Chinese philosophers and the explanations of developing a socialist market is rare to find. The book is key to understanding China's development and solidarity with other countries as well as the reforms that they go through while combatting corruption. I learned a lot about the Communist party of China's plans and goals I don't think this book is 5 stars to everyone. As it is written by a political leader, there is a lot of repetition in the main ideas. It is filled with footnotes and quotes from Chinese philosophers and the explanations of developing a socialist market is rare to find. The book is key to understanding China's development and solidarity with other countries as well as the reforms that they go through while combatting corruption. I learned a lot about the Communist party of China's plans and goals through reading this text.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

    Chinese politics is not something I have studied in great depth so there is a part of me that feels very unqualified to review a collection of speeches given by the leader of the world's most populous country and second largest economy. In order to seriously critique this book one would need to compare what Mr. Xi said in these speeches with his actions. Since I can't read or speak Chinese and have never been to China I can't do that. I am sure there are plenty of reasonable people who would rea Chinese politics is not something I have studied in great depth so there is a part of me that feels very unqualified to review a collection of speeches given by the leader of the world's most populous country and second largest economy. In order to seriously critique this book one would need to compare what Mr. Xi said in these speeches with his actions. Since I can't read or speak Chinese and have never been to China I can't do that. I am sure there are plenty of reasonable people who would read this book and consider much of it Orwellian double speak. Even still, even if this book is all propaganda, it is still a convincing work of propaganda and much more inspiring than anything we read about in U.S. politics in 2017. I wanted to read this book because there seem to be quite a few people who view China as some sort of Arch-Nemesis of the United States. Politicians in the United States have accused China of being a currency manipulator, a gross polluter, a expansionist military power and stealer of manufacturing jobs. Even if we were to believe that China poses any kind of threat to the world (which I do not), we would have to admit that China's ability to raise a million people out of poverty is quite impressive and worth studying. So I enjoyed reading this book because it went a long way to enlighten me on how the Communist Party of China (CPC) views its role in China and the world. There is hardly anything to argue with in this book. Mr. Xi discusses protecting the environment ("ecological progress"), hard work, family values, and even support for unions. I especially like his goal of a "moderately prosperous society", as opposed to mindless accumulation of material goods and money. As someone who lives in a culture where crass consumerism runs rampant, it is refreshing to read Mr. Xi say “To meet our development goals, we must enrich ourselves not only materially but culturally and ethically as well.” One thing that I think helped me understand this book was a little background in Chinese history. Besides the "5,000 years of Chinese culture" cited by Mr. Xi, there are three main events that most of his thinking seems to center around. The first events were the Opium Wars, The Cultural Revolution in China, and the "Great Opening" led by Deng Xiaoping. It is probably good to know about these events to understand Mr. Xi's book. Finally, if I were again to take this book as a sort of sales pitch or propaganda I can at least say that Mr. Xi appeals to my better instincts. This book includes pictures of Mr. Xi riding a bicycle with his daughter, pushing his mother around on a wheelchair and casually chatting with farmers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robert Harris

    An absolute snooze-fest of a book, whose only real accomplishment is paradoxically managing to repeat itself at least twice per page without having said anything in the first place. I picked up this door-stop in October wondering how I would feel reading it. Would I be angry? Inspired? Worried? The answer turned out to be "bored-to-tears."By the time I got through rolling my eyes on virtually every page and having to put it down to go fill my head with something more substantial (like watching pa An absolute snooze-fest of a book, whose only real accomplishment is paradoxically managing to repeat itself at least twice per page without having said anything in the first place. I picked up this door-stop in October wondering how I would feel reading it. Would I be angry? Inspired? Worried? The answer turned out to be "bored-to-tears."By the time I got through rolling my eyes on virtually every page and having to put it down to go fill my head with something more substantial (like watching paint dry), I managed to finally be done with it in late December. I would normally finish three books of comparable length in that time-frame. Essentially, the book is an exercise in how many CPC catch-phrases ("Chinese Dream," "Great Rejuvenation of the Zhonghua Minzu," "moderately prosperous society in all respects," "_____ with Chinese characteristics" etc.) can be crammed into one place. The author frequently uses the phrase "we must" when describing what he thinks needs to improve about China (which, to his credit, is basically "everything"), and yet not once does he put forth any concrete ideas on how. Laced through every page is the absolutely laughably arrogant belief that a broken and ruined world lies humble and prostrated, waiting for the "Great and Glorious Central Nation (the latter two being a direct translation of the Chinese name for China)" to take its "rightful place" of benevolent leadership over a world of "barbarian vassals (who he seems to think are fawning over China the way Tang Dynasty poets mistakenly believed their neighbors did)." The two segments on Taiwan read more like alternate universe science fiction than political commentary, as he routinely asserts (quite emphatically I might add) that the Taiwanese share his vision. Anyone who has been to Taiwan for more than a day or two is likely laughing themselves to a hyperventilative state upon reading that. And yet I could probably have overlooked all that (after all, when one picks up a book that is a collection of a politician's speeches, one sort of expects a lot of hot-air and on that score Xi certainly delivers), were it not for the fact that the afterword (which, if you can believe this, is entitled "Man of the People") has the unfathomable gall to actually claim this princeling identifies with the common man. The stretch that the book has to go to to make this claim makes this insipid afterword one of the longest sections of the book. If you want to get a really good look at what is happening in China's political environment these days, I would recommend "Opinion of China" translated by Yang Mifen (the author was too embarrassed to attach his name to that one) and if you want an honest glimpse of neocomm arrogance, I would recommend "China's Wisdom" by Jin Canrong, translated by Wen Jianxin. If you need fuel for your fireplace, "Governance of China Vol. I" fits the bill. I groan to think that there is actually a Volume II.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    The book is a collection of speeches and essays from Xi Jinping. As such, you can expect that it will paint a rosier picture of China's history, development, and plans for the future than is often manifest in their realpolitik. In this respect, one has to read "The Governance of China" with a grain of salt. That being said, it is an essential read for anyone looking to understand and forecast China's growing geopolitical and economic role in the world. Say what you will about authoritarianism an The book is a collection of speeches and essays from Xi Jinping. As such, you can expect that it will paint a rosier picture of China's history, development, and plans for the future than is often manifest in their realpolitik. In this respect, one has to read "The Governance of China" with a grain of salt. That being said, it is an essential read for anyone looking to understand and forecast China's growing geopolitical and economic role in the world. Say what you will about authoritarianism and socialism, there is clearly something unique about China's governance that has enabled them to achieve such rapid modernization in the last few decades. Among them are a professed commitment to "seeking truth from facts", scientific development, and a deep understanding of history and culture, including education, healthcare, employment, culture, technology, and so forth. You may argue that none of these ideals are extant in Chinese society today, and you might be right. But that would bely the value of this book as a window into the mind of a foreign power on the rise. If only for that reason, "The Governance of China" is an important work.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Unnawut Leepaisalsuwanna

    I have no idea how much of this book reflects China as a whole, but it's definitely a good book to understand what the Chinese government wants to communicate out to their citizens as well as the international world (hence this English book), and this alone is useful enough to give it a read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Samran Salik

    Less about governance and more about state propaganda. Complete waste of time and money.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jin Luo

    滚你妈的

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Martinez

    A bit repetitive in places, and I wouldn't recommend it as a 'general interest' book, but this is pretty much essential for anyone seriously wanting to understand modern China.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jong Kim

    An excellent book to understand China's governing policies, and Xi Jinping.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Peck

    A collection of speeches by Xi Jinping. Most of it reads in the style of sterile, nuanced propagandist speech peppered with "We shall"s and "We must"s. Hardly riveting and not really illuminating.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paty Berretta

    A really good book!!! It's really interesting to read the essays and speeches of Xi Jinping and how they change over time.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

    3.75 / 5.0 Although the collection of speeches lacks in specifics, the constant theme is of a unified approach to balanced improvement in all facets of Chinese Society. Collective goals and responsibilities emphasized through out. Abundant historical references are conveniently foot noted. interesting insight into governing philosophy. What a different approach in comparison to Western individuality.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Darth Vader

    I really like this Xi Jinping.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leonardo Cardillo

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  15. 5 out of 5

    Andy Black

    This book is probably the last place you'd look to learn about how China "really works". You're reading reflections of China's propaganda machine, just as you would if you read the speeches of any world leader. Nonetheless, this is a great way to begin to understand how Chinese citizens understand themselves and their government. I was obsessed with China for much of this year, and found this to be an interesting addition to more journalistic/objective/economic/historical sources I was exploring This book is probably the last place you'd look to learn about how China "really works". You're reading reflections of China's propaganda machine, just as you would if you read the speeches of any world leader. Nonetheless, this is a great way to begin to understand how Chinese citizens understand themselves and their government. I was obsessed with China for much of this year, and found this to be an interesting addition to more journalistic/objective/economic/historical sources I was exploring at the time. Xi Jinping comes across as very learned and measured. If you know anything about modern China, it's easy to see him straining to tow the party line and shellac over the most horrific aspects of the CPC's history. It's also impressive that he manages to do this so effectively. Xi is a compelling figure and would shine in any society. He just happens be the one manning the helm of one so wacky as modern China. The book is exhaustive and, by its nature, repetitive. The edition is actually really beautiful, and I love the communistic simplicity of the design. It is what it is. I got what I wanted out of it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ken Liu

    This is an important book for anyone to read if they are expected to have any relevance with China at all. It is well written, tough strongly characterised with Chinese political vocabs, it truely reflects the guiding principle of CPC to rule the country. I think you need to learn to read between the lines, when you are flipping through the pages. The indications in the book could give you a lot about what is expected to happen in China. I saw many reviews here disapproving this book because of This is an important book for anyone to read if they are expected to have any relevance with China at all. It is well written, tough strongly characterised with Chinese political vocabs, it truely reflects the guiding principle of CPC to rule the country. I think you need to learn to read between the lines, when you are flipping through the pages. The indications in the book could give you a lot about what is expected to happen in China. I saw many reviews here disapproving this book because of the ideology it represents, I tend to disagree with them; I find the ideology is very well explained and supported with evidence, history and critical thinking. It helps me to understand more deeply about why China is what it is now.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wilhemina

    This is an excellent book to read if you are interested in politics and would like to understand the governing philosophy as well as policies in mainland China. This is like an operation manual of how to run a country in the 21st century. Therefore, I think every head of state of every country in this world should produce one like this and make it generally available to the public. I prefer reading the original version in Simplified Chinese because that is where the essence of the governing phil This is an excellent book to read if you are interested in politics and would like to understand the governing philosophy as well as policies in mainland China. This is like an operation manual of how to run a country in the 21st century. Therefore, I think every head of state of every country in this world should produce one like this and make it generally available to the public. I prefer reading the original version in Simplified Chinese because that is where the essence of the governing philosophy comes through loudest.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Flugie Flug

    By any means this is not a good book. It contains speeches and documents of Xi Jinping in which he lays out his politics for China. By the very nature of this books it doesn’t contain any in depth analysis or plans, but every topic will be touched on the surface. Also it is very redundant. Nevertheless it delivers a first glance into current Chinese politics.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rose Rose

    这本易读的政治类图书收录了习近平总书记的讲话、谈话、演讲、答问、批示、贺信等。条深刻阐明当代中国的发展道路和发展走向,回答了今天的中国从哪里来、明天的中国向何处去的重大问题。善于讲故事,是习总书记与国际社会沟通的鲜明特点。本书收录了他在国际场合的多篇演讲,其中有许多脍炙人口、打动人心的生动故事,包括中国著名音乐家冼星海和哈萨克音乐家真挚友情的故事;一个普通约旦年轻人在浙江义乌开阿拉伯餐馆并在当地成家立业的故事等等。这些鲜活感人的真实故事展示了习书记睿智风趣、谦和友善的独特魅力。

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hervé Fuyet

    Un livre absolument remarquable qui permet de mieux comprendre le socialisme aux caractéristiques de la Chine et donc le monde d'aujourd'hui en général.

  21. 4 out of 5

    André Mattana

    Uma dificuldade em ler os discursos políticos chineses é eles rejeitarem a tradição política liberal ocidental. Enquanto nós usamos vários termos chave que só compreendemos à luz da tradição política ocidental, eles usam seus próprios termos e conceitos, aproveitam a gramática marxista, mas com forte referência à própria história da República Popular da China. Termos como "estágio primário do socialismo", "sociedade moderadamente próspera", "socialismo com características chinesas", "quatro prin Uma dificuldade em ler os discursos políticos chineses é eles rejeitarem a tradição política liberal ocidental. Enquanto nós usamos vários termos chave que só compreendemos à luz da tradição política ocidental, eles usam seus próprios termos e conceitos, aproveitam a gramática marxista, mas com forte referência à própria história da República Popular da China. Termos como "estágio primário do socialismo", "sociedade moderadamente próspera", "socialismo com características chinesas", "quatro princípios cardiais", "sistema político fundamental", "sistema econômico básico", "reforma e abertura", "valores socialistas centrais". Apesar disso essa edição foi bondosa em incluir várias notas de rodapé que ajudam a elucidar muitos destes conceitos.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thomas George

    I enjoyed it but I mean, there's a lot of repetition and platitudes in it. They are just speech transcripts, so I guess you can't expect much. If you read it all though, you can really get a sense and feeling of how Xi Jingping and the CCP approaches governance. and for that it is a worthwhile read, or at least a decent skim. I get the impression from reading this that Xi is smart, self-assured, measured. Quite inspiring in some parts, reads almost like self-help.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Will Brown

    very informative of the recent leadership thoughts and background of Premier Xi.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian Woller

    Interesting, but a lot of repetition

  25. 4 out of 5

    Davis Florick

    Not bad.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelbaenor (Dan)

    Not a work of political theory, but still this collection of speeches was helpful in getting a grasp on the goals and outlook of the CPC and President Xi's goals specifically.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Horace Derwent

    滾你媽的

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rose Rose

    This is a readable political book which collects General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speeches, talks, interviews, instructions and congratulatory letter. It shows the path of development and trend of contemporary China; meanwhile it responds to some major issues of China: where did china come and where will china go tomorrow. Being good at telling stories is one of the characteristics of General Secretary Xi Jinping in international communication. The book collects many of his speeches in internationa This is a readable political book which collects General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speeches, talks, interviews, instructions and congratulatory letter. It shows the path of development and trend of contemporary China; meanwhile it responds to some major issues of China: where did china come and where will china go tomorrow. Being good at telling stories is one of the characteristics of General Secretary Xi Jinping in international communication. The book collects many of his speeches in international occasions, which involves many popular and touching stories, such as the sincere friendship between Chinese famous musician Xian Xinghai and Kazakh musicians, an ordinary young man from Jordan opening an Arab restaurant and settling down in Yi Wu, Zhe Jiang province, etc. These vivid and moving stories show the leader’s unique charm of wisdom, humor, modesty and kindness.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julius

    Eine Reihe von Schriften und Reden an unterschiedliche Adressaten, gebündelt für den ausländischen Leser, wie in der Einleitung steht. Man bekommt einen guten Einblick in die Denkweise, die immer gleichen Themen und Formulierungen machen das Lesen aber mühsam. Viel zu vereinfacht zusammengefasst: Der Einzelne lebt für das Kollektiv und damit letzteres floriert muss ersterer Freiheit abtreten. Und Nationalismus ist wichtig.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aarish Khan

    The book is a compilation of various speeches of President Xi Jinping of China. It also features a few interviews. It is a good resource on the thinking of the current leadership of China on the country's governance. As one of my Chinese friends put it, it is not how China will be governed, but how China is being governed as we speak.

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