Xi Jinping, the Lingxiu*

Xi Jinping has been compared with Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping as one of the great leaders of China under the control of the Communist Party. It turns out that - for various reasons, including Trump on the other side of the world - Xi Jinping may turn out to be the most influential outside China, too. After all, what thinks and what says the man who describes himself as a sports fan, especially swimming?

Never before have the Chinese people been so close to realising their dreams” 

China will always remain the builder of world peace, a contributor to global development, and upholder of international order 

The Chinese people are a great people; they are industrious and brave, and they never pause in pursuit of progress” 

The greatest contribution to the whole of the human race, made by China, is to prevent its 1.3 billion people from [starving] 

The Chinese nation is a great nation; it has been through hardships and adversity but remains indomitable” 

In today’s world, no country can afford to pursue development with its door closed. One should open the door, warmly welcome friends, and be hospitable to them” 

Why must we stand firm on the party’s leadership over the military? Because that’s the lesson from the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the Soviet Union, where the military was depoliticised, separated from the party and nationalised, the party was disarmed. When the country came to crisis point, a big party was gone just like that. Proportionally, the Soviet Communist Party had more members than we (the Communist Party of China) do, but nobody was man enough to stand up and resist” 

Some foreigners with full bellies and nothing better to do engage in finger-pointing at us. First, China does not export revolution; second, it does not export famine and poverty; and third, it does not mess around with you. So what else is there to say?” 

Friends from the press, China needs to learn more about the world, and the world also needs to learn more about China. I hope you will continue to make more efforts and contributions to deepening the mutual understanding between China and the countries of the world.” 

The Chinese government supports Chinese companies in going global. But we believe that this process should be market-oriented, with companies being the main driver” 


* A special Chinese term for a leader (also applied to Mao Zedong)