President Xi’s book on policy published in more languages

A book collecting some of President Xi Jinping’s many political speeches, articles and letters has proved a big seller on the global stage.

With its publication in five additional language versions last month, President Xi Jinping’s book Xi Jinping: The Governance of China has been well-received among government officials and scholars, many hailing the value of the book for both its language and its outreach.

The book, which outlines the political ideas of the top leadership in China, has been published in Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Turkey and Hungary in their respective languages over the past month or so. A Thai publisher sold more than 2,000 copies of the book in a single day after its launch in Bangkok on 7 April, and many readers were inquiring on social media about ways to buy it, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, who had read the book, said it was written in a beautiful way. “I believe that to be a great leader, one has to be a good reader, good thinker, good speaker, good writer and good doer, and I found President Xi has achieved all of them.”

This book is as much about the Chinese dream as it is about the global dream to have a peaceful, harmonious and connected worldPakistan prime minister, Nawaz Sharif

In Phnom Penh, more than 700 officials, scholars and business people, including Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and five deputy prime ministers, attended the launch ceremony for the book on 11 April.

Chea Munyrith, director of the Confucius Institute of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said publishing a Khmer version will enable Cambodians to better learn about China and Mr Xi himself. Mr Chea, who assisted in the translation of the book into Khmer, said it offers insights for government officials and scholars on how to properly manage a country. “That is why it is important for the officials, students and scholars in Cambodia to read through the book,” he said.

At the launch ceremony of the Urdu edition of the book in Islamabad on 14 April, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the book is as much about the contemporary world as it is about China. “What has touched me most is that this book is not just about high-level politics, but also about moving stories of common people, their lives and inspirations about hard work and family values,” he said.

“This book is as much about the Chinese dream as it is about the global dream to have a peaceful, harmonious and connected world.”

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Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said at the launch of the Turkish version on 17 April that the book offers Turks a way of better understanding China’s political vision and its view and path regarding development. It effectively interprets and showcases the achievement and experience of China’s progress in recent years, he said.

Marta Matrai, first officer of the Hungarian National Assembly, said she agreed with Mr Xi’s point in the book that every country has its own perspective. She said: “I also believe that every country has its own way of achieving happiness and prosperity for its people, and so I want to emphasise President Xi’s thought: there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all development model in the world.”

The book was published in Chinese, English, French, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Japanese in September 2014, and more than 6.2 million copies have been distributed in more than 100 countries and regions in 20 languages.

The book is a collection of 79 of Mr Xi’s articles, speeches, lectures and letters from November 2012 to June 2014 and features 45 photos of Mr Xi in various periods.

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