The Chinese dream, the Asian dream, the Asian-Pacific dream and the world dream are all slogans of the Xi Jinping vision.
Without precise definitions, these concepts might sound vague and baffling. The names alone, however, reveal the mindset of the current administration. As the second largest economy in the world, China is entitled to protect its interests in the Asia-Pacific region and to play a bigger role in the world. And it will pursue these interests in a more proactive manner as long as they do not disrupt domestic growth and development. These are China’s core interests as articulated to top foreign diplomats. When speaking with reporters at the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in June this year, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated that China “obviously has core interests with respect to its need to grow, to move its economy, and has defined other core interests in terms of sovereignty interests in the region”.
The Chinese Dream and Asia-Pacific Dream are two sides of the same coin. President Xi encouraged an approach known as fen fa you wei (striving for achievement) for engaging China’s neighbours in October 2013.