Zhijiang Xinyu
AuthorXi Jinping
Country People's Republic of China
PublisherZhejiang People's Publishing House[1]
Publication date
August 2007

Zhijiang Xinyu (Chinese: 之江新语) is a book written by Xi Jinping, then the party secretary of Zhejiang Province using the pen name "Zhexin" (Chinese: 哲欣). It was initially a personal column about political ideas published on the front page of Zhejiang Daily from 25 February 2003, to 25 March 2007.[2][3][4] Xi published 232 essays in this column. In August 2007, these essays were published in a book also titled Zhijiang Xinyu in chronological order. The name of this book's English edition first published in 2019 is Zhejiang, China: A New Version for Development.[5]


Being part of Qiantang river, Zhijiang (Chinese: 之江) is a key river in Zhejiang. Xinyu (Chinese: 新语) literally means 'new words'. This term is inspired by a classical Chinese text Shishuo Xinyu (Traditional Chinese: 世說新語).[6]


Professor Yao Huan of the Beijing Party School divides these 232 essays into three categories:

  1. How to implement the scientific development concept of Hu Jintao according to the reality of Zhejiang.
  2. The work style and ideological methods of leading cadres, highlighting the mass line, to overcome bureaucracy and formalism.
  3. On the cultivation of cadres' Party spirit, especially the correct treatment of power and interests, and adhering to the Party's purpose of “serve the people”.[7]

Global influence

In addition to being published in mainland China, a traditional Chinese edition was published in Hong Kong in 2021.[8] This book was also translated into several languages such as Mongolian,[9] Spanish,[10] German,[5] English[5] and Russian.[11]


  1. ^ "《之江新语》". Guangming Daily. March 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "习近平著作选摘". 凤凰网. September 2012. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  3. ^ Katsuji Nakazawa (July 8, 2016). "A Dark Horse Emerges in Chinese Succession Race". Nikkei Asia. Retrieved 2021-12-28. The Zhejiang Daily from 2003 to 2007 published the Zhijiang Xinyu, or New Words, column on the front page. The writer of the column used a pen name, but sources familiar with the matter say Chen was writing them based on Xi's own words. At the time, Xi was Zhejiang's top official ...... A "Zhijiang Xinyu" book was published in 2007 after it was disclosed that Xi was behind the columns.
  4. ^ "习大大10年前写的《之江新语》 你知道多少". 新浪. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  5. ^ a b c "《之江新语》德文、英文版首发式在德国法兰克福举行". China Central Television. October 16, 2019. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  6. ^ Liu, Jianqing (2021-10-25). "Analysis: Nine key moments that changed China's mind about climate change". Carbon Brief. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  7. ^ 姚桓 (2013). "人民群众期待更多的《新语》". 中国文明网. Retrieved 2021-12-28. 232篇文章的内容大体分三类:一是紧密结合浙江实际谈如何贯彻科学发展观;二是谈领导干部的的工作作风和思想方法,突出强调了群众路线 ,克服官僚主义和形式主义;三是谈干部的党性修养特别是正确对待权力和利益,坚持党的为人民服务的宗旨。
  8. ^ "《之江新语》《习近平谈"一带一路"》《论坚持全面深化改革》中文繁体版出版研讨会在香港举办". People's Daily. January 21, 2021.
  9. ^ 李月红 (October 9, 2016). "浙江:《之江新语》将在蒙古出版". State Council Information Office. Zhejiang Daily. Retrieved 2021-12-28. 浙江出版联合集团与蒙古NEPKO出版社的战略合作项目10月1日在乌兰巴托正式启动。由浙江人民出版社出版的《之江新语》将首次翻译成蒙语在当地出版发行,这也是该书"走出去"的首个外语种版本。
  10. ^ 李月红 (February 4, 2018). "加勒比海风吹来钱塘风 浙版图书亮相古巴国际书展". 浙江新闻. Zhejiang Daily. Retrieved 2021-12-28. 由古巴国家图书委员会推荐,浙江人民出版社与古巴新千年出版社签署了《之江新语》西语古巴版的合作协议。连日来,《之江新语》首次走进南美多国,于数日前签下西语阿根廷版的合作协议后,该书再次成功输出新一国家。作为中国国家主席习近平在中国经济最为发达的省份之一浙江省担任省委书记期间撰写的一部重要著作,该书在未来两三年内将集中出版20个语种30个以上版本,向全球讲述浙江发展理念、中国新时代故事。
  11. ^ "习近平重要著作上合组织国家语言文版推介会在京举行". 中国网. November 18, 2021.