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Elite Talk: A talk with Francisco Sánchez on Chinese Dream Special

Posted Dec 31, 2013 by Phoenix Lee
U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez recently spoke with this author about his take on the Chinese Dream.
U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez
U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Commerce
Every great power has its own pursuits and dreams, so does China. When Chinese new President Xi Jinping came into power with a fresh catchphrase 'the Chinese Dream' it soon became a favored topic.
While the vintage, widely understood American Dream is known for its "equal opportunity" for prosperity and success, views on the newborn Chinese Dream are still diverse and colorful.
Francisco Sánchez is the Undersecretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce and has led international trade missions to China many times. He joined the Elite Talk show from the People's Daily Online Business Channel (PDO Biz) and shared with this author his takes on the Chinese Dream from an economic perspective.
Lee: As an U.S. senior official, you must have noticed that Chinese President Xi Jinping has put forward a new catchphrase — the Chinese Dream, which can be viewed as China's new guiding spirit or concept. So, what's your interpretation of the Chinese Dream?
Sánchez: I think that President Xi wants the people of China to prosper and to live in a country with opportunity.
And so I think that he is focused on making reforms that will help continue stable economic growth. And I believe that part of that is fully integrating into the world economic community, encouraging more investment, and as you encourage more investment, it also encourages Chinese companies to invest around the world.
Lee: So how do you think the so-call Chinese Dream will affect the U.S. economy and China-U.S. economic ties?
Sánchez: I think as my president, President Obama, has said that it is in the United States' interest for a strong and prosperoU.S. China, and we support that effort. As China grows, we can participate in that growth, and we can help by company investment. And we also want to encourage Chinese investment in our country.
Lee: When talking about the Chinese Dream with the Americans, the first thing that pops up in their minds is often the well-known American Dream, which is more widely understood. So, what's your interpretation of the Chinese dream and the American dream? Care to make a comparison of the two dreams?
Sánchez: That's an interesting comparison. I think the goals and aspirations of what's been known as the American Dream is an interesting one. Certainly the American Dream has been characterized by opportunity and quality of life. And I think that President Xi aspires for similar goals to have a good quality of life and to make sure there is opportunity for personal growth and opportunity for economic growth.
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This is a reprint from the People's Daily Online in China.