What China’s “new era” looks like, in Xi Jinping’s own words

Heading a national rejuvenation.
Heading a national rejuvenation.
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President Xi Jinping hailed a “new era” for China in his speech at a pivotal Communist Party meeting yesterday (Oct. 18), an event that also effectively marks the start of his next five years in power (at least).

He actually hailed it no less than 36 times in the three-and-a-half hour speech.

What does China’s “new era” entail, exactly? For one, a greater desire to play a leading role on the world stage in everything ranging from climate change to free trade. It’s also an era where the Communist Party has, from technology to poverty relief to fighting corruption, truly made China strong again.

Here’s a rundown of some of Xi’s quotes on his vision for China as he enters his second term into the top job in the country.

China’s new era

“The Chinese nation, which in the modern era has endured so much for so long, has achieved a tremendous transformation—it has stood up, grown rich, and become strong, and it now embraces the brilliant prospects of rejuvenation.”

“It will be an era that sees China moving closer to center stage and making greater contributions to mankind.”

“China’s development does not pose a threat to any other country. No matter what stage of development it reaches, China will never seek hegemony or engage in expansion.”

“No country can alone address the many challenges facing mankind; no country can afford to retreat into self-isolation.”


“China now leads the world in trade, outbound investment, and foreign-exchange reserves.”

“Houses are for living, not for speculating.”

Technology and innovation

“We should aim to reach new frontiers in science and technology… to build China’s strength in science and technology, product quality, aerospace, cyberspace, and transportation, and to build a digital China and a smart society.”

“We will foster a culture of innovation, and strengthen the creation, protection, and application of intellectual property.”‘

Climate and environment

“Taking the driving seat in international cooperation to respond to climate change, China has become an important participant, contributor, and torchbearer in the global endeavor for ecological civilization.”

“Any harm we inflict on nature will eventually return to haunt us.”


“The people resent corruption most, and corruption is the greatest threat our party faces.”

“We will strengthen deterrence so officials daren’t be corrupt… and strengthen vigilance so that they have no desire to commit corruption.”


“We will make it our mission to see that by 2035, the modernization of our national defense is basically complete, and that by the mid-21st century our people’s armed forces have been fully transformed into world-class forces.”

Chinese sovereignty

“We have the resolve, the confidence, and the ability to defeat ‘Taiwan Independence’ in any form. We will never allow anyone, any organization or any political party, at any time or any form, to separate any part of Chinese territory from China.”

“Construction on islands and reefs in the South China Sea has seen steady progress.”