So, where did Thomas Friedman get “Chinese Dream”?

It’s basically been accepted, since this Economist cover story, that Chinese president Xi Jinping got the idea for his “Chinese Dream” from a Thomas Friedman New York Times column.

But where did Tom Friedman get the idea? Isaac Stone Fish of Foreign Policy decided to find out.

I asked Friedman whether all this was true, and he responded by email:

“I only deserve part credit,” he noted. “The concept of ‘China Dream’ was created by my friend Peggy Liu, as the motto for her NGO about how to introduce Chinese to the concept of sustainability.”

Friedman’s “China Dream” column references Liu and her NGO JUCCCE. In his email to me, he wrote, “I adapted her concept in the column below and just took [it] all the way to [the] top and made it a challenge for Xi Jinping.” “I just took it to a higher level — put it right in his face so to speak — in hopes of making it scale by challenging the next party chairman to adopt it,” he added.

May we recommend Friedman consider putting Chinese censorship of the New York Times “in (Xi Jinping’s) face, so to speak”?

Thomas Friedman: I only deserve partial credit for coining the ‘Chinese dream’ (Foreign Policy)

    4 Responses to “So, where did Thomas Friedman get “Chinese Dream”?”

    1. Boris Mikhailovitch

      Bullshit. The China Dream was a book by the British writer Joe Studwell about 15 years ago. Do your fucking homework.

      • Anthony Tao

        Did you use up all your free reads on Foreign Policy for the month and not click through to the article?

        >> (James Fallows at the Atlantic points out “the idea of a ‘Chinese dream’ has been around for a long time,” but Friedman’s China op-ed appears to have done what he tries to do in many columns — repackage an old idea and sell it to his readers. If the Economist’s theory is right, Xi bought it.)

    2. Boris Mikhailovitch

      You didn’t do any fucking homework or add any value. All to do is comment about other peoples comments. Your like a fucking washing machine, around and around and around hoping a bit of someone else’s fame will rub off on you.
      It doesn’t.


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