As 2013 comes to a close, China's top leader Xi Jinping's Chinese Dream for the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has come to occupy center stage. This dream is both a collective one for the nation and a personal and varied one for individuals. In the coming Year of the Horse, China will gallop forward in its pursuit.

China launched the the country's first moon rover aboard its Chang'e-3 lunar probe on Dec 2, bringing Chinese dreams of reaching the moon tantalizingly close. But China's space exploration will not stop at the moon, however. Its target is deep space.

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China will continue to pursue a dream of peace and stay firmly on the path of peaceful development, Maj. Gen. Zhang Jianguo made the remarks at a reception to celebrate the the 86th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. China will actively fulfil its due international obligations and firmly promote peaceful and common development.

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  • Evergrande awakens China's hunger for soccer glories
  • Guangzhou Evergrande have raised China's appetite for soccer glories despite a lopsided loss to Bayern Munich that followed the Asian champions' victory over the African winners in their Club World Cup debut.

China's Nobel dream fulfilled, but what next?

The Chinese waited a century for their Nobel literature prize dream to come true. When novelist Mo Yan became the first Chinese national to win the top literature award. He fulfilled a dream that was beyond the reach of an earlier generation of literary giants, including Lu Xun and Lin Yutang.

  • For individuals, happiness is their pursuit

  • As China becomes wealthier, how can its people become happier? The country is undoubtedly the world's second-largest economy, but the happiness of its people is less certain. At the end of 2012, a Gallup poll of 37 countries declared China to be the 10th-happiest country in the world, but in April of the same year a United Nations report put China at 70th.

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