When China’s Deng Xiaoping visited the south in 1992, it was to advocate trade and to propel China’s economy into what it has become now. China’s new leader Xi Jinping went to the south this week to propel military expansion into the centre of Chinese foreign policy. In the New York Times, Edward Wong writes:-
Speaking to soldiers in the city of Huizhou, Mr. Xi emphasized the military aspects of his Chinese dream: “This dream can be said to be the dream of a strong nation; and for the military, it is the dream of a strong military. We must achieve the great revival of the Chinese nation, and we must ensure there is unison between a prosperous country and a strong military.”
Mr. Xi’s comments and the gearing up of the party’s propaganda machinery behind them are certain to raise concerns among other Asian nations and the United States, the main military power in the Pacific. Analysts say the party has increasingly turned away from traditional Communist ideology and toward nationalism to try to legitimize itself in the eyes of Chinese citizens.