by Xinhua writer Xiong Sihao
DUBLIN, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese dream and the beautiful dreams of other peoples around the world are highly complementary to each other, says an Irish political observer.
"The ambitions of other countries and of China are highly complementary and can be pursued together," said Brendan Halligan, chairman of the Institute of International and European Affairs, a Dublin-based think tank.
The Chinese dream -- a concept introduced by Chinese President Xi Jinping, widely understood to represent the renewal of China -- stick to the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and push forward reform.
Halligan believed the Chinese dream is a dream for peace, development, cooperation and win-win outcomes for all, saying that all the four key components "fit together in a manner that will find favor everywhere."
"By its very definition, the Chinese dream is a benign vision of China's future and consequently a benign vision of China's place in the world," he said in a recent interview with Xinhua.
"The societal changes produced by the Chinese dream will provide opportunities for greater engagement between China and other nations," said Halligan, a veteran adviser to the Irish government on China policy.
"What has been clear from recent history is that the world needs several engines of growth and that we can no longer rely on Western nations to be the primary drivers of the global economy," he said.
Halligan said the Chinese dream has shared so many common values and goals with the dreams of other peoples.
"It is correct to say that in the context of globalization the Chinese dream belongs to the rest of the world," he said.
"The more the countries of the world community come together for reasons of international trade, economic development and the preservation of peace, the more they need to share common ambitions and values," he added.
Halligan believed the Chinese dream should greatly assist in this process. "It is now clear that China will play an ever-greater role on the world stage and, consequently, the Chinese dream will affect every nation on earth," he said.
"Given the inspirational qualities of the Chinese dream, I think many nations will find tremendous benefits in the values it espouses."
It would be to the great advantage of the whole world if the Chinese dream could be shared by other countries as it would guarantee a global governance system based on mutual respect and committed to the maintenance of world peace, according to Halligan.
China has after all long represented a model for other nations, particularly in the emerging world, of how to pull a country out of poverty through brave economic decisions, he said, adding that the Chinese dream will provide a further example to emerging nations of how to build a growing economy and a prosperous society.
"In this light, I feel the Chinese dream will have great benefits globally," Halligan said, underlining moderate government intervention, the importance of societal development and of ensuring a better quality of life for citizens.
"The Chinese dream, based as it is on the hope for a better life and a secure future, is a dream shared by many citizens of nations across Asia, Africa and South America. For such people, the Chinese dream will prove particularly inspirational," he said.
On the Chinese dream's historical origin, Halligan noted the Chinese dream, as defined by the new Chinese president, is fully in keeping with the aspirations of every Chinese leadership since the founding of new China in 1949.
"There is a human element to the Chinese dream which underlines the desire to make China not only a strong economy but also a strong society," he added.
On President Xi's goal of strengthening China's society, he said that it covers a number of different topics, such as developing the internal economy, ensuring Chinese citizens can aspire to a reasonable degree of comfort, tackling climate change and furthering growth in an environmentally sustainable manner.
"That is what is so captivating about the Chinese dream. It encompasses goals and aspirations in all these spheres," Halligan said.
On the obstacles facing China in realizing the Chinese dream, Halligan enumerated climate change, environmental degradation and domestic resource constraints.
"There is an ongoing need to halt climate change and to find a more sustainable model of economic growth. China, with its massive investment in wind energy and other forms of renewable power, is already leading the globe in meeting this challenge," he said.
He also said the most obvious difficulty at the national level is the switch from an economy that is primarily export driven to one based on domestic demand.
"This will require considerable policy changes by the Chinese government and great innovation in economic and financial policy," he said.
The evidence, however, would suggest that the Chinese government has already moved to make the transition a reality by their efforts over the summer to direct funding into the small and medium enterprises in order to stimulate the domestic economy, according to the Irish observer.
On the misinterpretation of the Chinese dream by some Westerners, Halligan said China would never seek hegemony and never go in for expansion because history bears this out.
"Those who understand Chinese history are well aware of the fact that China is not set on hegemony," he said. Any accusation to the contrary is a false interpretation of China's history and any attempt to label the Chinese dream as "neo-imperialism" should be rejected vigorously.