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Abstract: This paper surveys the China Dream in the domestic setting. While the China Dream is largely viewed as relating to the economic and political goals of the Chinese state, China’s President Xi Jinping has indicated in speeches that the China Dream has far wider aims. He has stated that the China Dream involves the ‘great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation’ and that within this rejuvenation it is hoped the Chinese state will become prosperous and powerful. However, the China Dream is a concept that has begun to evolve within the domestic setting and its focus on national dignity is also becoming enmeshed with notions of human dignity and even human rights in the broadest sense. In addition, it is also linked to continued economic growth, which has become an expectation of the Chinese population and part of the social contract they have with the Chinese Communist Party. Therefore, the current attention on the China Dream provides glimpses into both human security and prosperity in China, as well as the longevity of the Chinese Communist Party.


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East Asia Security Symposium and Conference 东亚安全座谈谈论会

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Anna Hayes is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science in the College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University. Anna is co-editor of three recent books: Inside Xinjiang: Space, place and power in China’s Muslim Far Northwest (Routledge 2016) with Michael Clarke; Migration and Insecurity: Citizenship and social inclusion in a transnational era (Routledge 2013) with Niklaus Steiner and Robert Mason; and Cultures in Refuge: Seeking Sanctuary in Modern Australia (Ashgate 2012) with Robert Mason. Her most recent research examines human insecurity and contested histories in Xinjiang, as well as the Uyghur-Australian community.





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