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This monthly post tracks developments around the “China Dream” since September 17, 2013 and engages Manoranjan Mohanty whose view was summarized in the rejoinder to my previous post. Mohanty suggested that the “China Dream” was used mainly as a political mobilization instrument and did not represent a fundamental shift in Chinese policy making. I agree that the “China Dream” is serving a mobilization role but it also reveals what Xi is trying to mobilize the party and masses for. While the “China Dream” continues to be a moving target, we now have more evidence to gauge where Xi is headed and how the “China Dream” fits in the scheme of things. He appears each day more different from his two predecessors in ambition, determination and style.

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