Forum: The power of language: globalising the “Chinese Dream”

  • Anny Boc


Since Xi Jinping assumed the presidency in March 2013, he has made the slogan “Chinese dream” a central subject in most of his public speeches, both at home and abroad. However, so far nowhere has the catchphrase arguably received as much appeal as in Africa. Creating the vision of an African Dream within the framework of the Chinese Dream raises the question of what specific agenda the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is pursuing. In this paper, I argue that the Chinese and African Dream can be understood as narratives that are strategically used by the CCP to enhance its discursive power in the international system. Examining the construction and projection of the African dream, offers new insights on the Chinese government strategy to manifest its own narratives in China-Africa relations.