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The “Compass-in-Chief”: Xi Jinping’s Direction Setting on Over 240 Topics
The "Compass-in-Chief": Xi Jinping's Direction Setting on Over 240 Topics

The “Compass-in-Chief”: Xi Jinping’s Direction Setting on Over 240 Topics

11 major meetings at the G20 summit, the BRICS leaders’ informal meeting

During the G20 summit, Xi Jinping participated in 11 significant meetings, including an informal gathering with the leaders of BRICS countries.many Party-bestowed titles and

Many netizen usernames have been prohibited. is one that points to his penchant for claiming personal leadership over and insight into seemingly everything: “Compass-in-Chiefmastered” “

The moniker comes from a commonly used phrase in the Party, which implies that Xi has achieved mastery.

Showed the way ahead.
This pertains to a wide range of matters concerning policies. (For further information about the term, refer to…
CDT’s 20th Anniversary Edition Lexicon.) The breadth of topics which Xi has claimed to “point the way forward” on, and the frequency of the formulation’s use, has turned the phrase into an object of satire—thus the nickname. The nickname is considered a sensitive word, subject to censorship. A long-running literary magazine was

“Suddenly closed down in December 2023.”

Following its cover, which depicted a hand in a suit pointing while faceless crowds fall off a cliff, the cover was seen as referencing the nickname.

Recently,

The impactful social media account, previously known as Twitter, “Teacher Li is Not Your Teacher”.

A list has been shared outlining various topics in which Xi has provided guidance and direction since 2015. This compilation, republished by CDT editors, was created using articles from People’s Daily and Xinhua. The list, which is not comprehensive, includes over 240 topics that Xi has provided direction on. These topics range from broad concepts like “humanity’s future development” to the Party’s political priorities such as “implementation of the spirit of the 20th National Party Congress” to specific issues of governance like “agricultural supply-side reform.” CDT has translated the entire list.

Xi Jinping has identified the path forward regarding:

  • The potential growth of the stock market on November 12, 2015.

  • The non-governmental sector (March 6, 2016)


  • Management of online user messages
    (April 19, 2016)
  • The future growth and advancement of China’s online landscape (April 22, 2016)


  • On May 25, 2016, the Northeast underwent a restructuring process.
  • agricultural supply-side reform (May 27, 2016) 
  • Mapping a course for the world economy on September 6, 2016.

  • educational reform (September 25, 2016)
  • Expanding reforms extensively (December 28, 2016)

  • Extensively advancing reforms in light of recent developments (April 16, 2017)

  • Chinese youth (May 2, 2017) 
  • the USA

    The allotment of healthcare and educational resources across the United States.Xiong’an New District (May 3, 2017) 

  • Hong Kong’s future development (July 2, 2017) 
  • Encouraging the adoption of the successful “One Country, Two Systems” framework on July 2, 2017.

  • On July 19, 2017, the growth and progress of China’s financial industry was emphasized.

  • Addressing concerns with joblessness (November 28, 2017)

  • Advancing from a position of being a leading nation in cyber technology to becoming a digitally advanced country in China on April 18, 2018.

  • On April 27, 2018, the Yangtze River Economic Belt was created.

  • Highly skilled and knowledgeable people in the fields of science and technology on the date May 28, 2018.

  • the forefront of cutting-edge advancements in science and technology (May 28, 2018)

  • script

    The creation of the script.Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) (May 30, 2018)

  • great-power diplomacy with Chinese characteristics (June 22, 2018) 
  • On July 9, 2018, tasks pertaining to the Communist Youth League were carried out.

  • The restructuring of government-owned companies (October 13, 2018)

  • The Reform and Opening in the New Era (December 14, 2018)

  • The progress of relations between the two sides of the Strait in the current era (as of January 3, 2019).

  • The formation of leaders (January 21, 2019)

  • On April 26, 2019, there was a focus on achieving high-quality development of the Belt and Road Initiative.

  • the creation of a modern-day “

    Unable to reword. This appears to be a title or name.” (June 4, 2019)

  • Rewording: The establishment of the political atmosphere within the Party during the New Era (July 30, 2019).

  • The progress of China and the global community (August 5, 2019)

  • Macau (December 21, 2019)
  • Establishing a “civil defense perimeter” (April 15, 2020)

  • Current online work (April 20, 2020)

  • cultural and natural-heritage preservation work (June 12, 2020)

  • Reworded: Relations between China and Europe in the “post-pandemic era” on June 23rd, 2020.
  • The economy of maritime industries (July 12, 2020)

  • “Forecasting how the Chinese economy will withstand the turbulent conditions” (July 22, 2020)

  • Expediting the development of a improved Anhui (August 22, 2020)

  • the development of Tibet in the New Era (August 28, 2020) 

  • Addressing worldwide challenges (September 9, 2020)
  • innovation in science and technology (September 14, 2020)
  • The future of the United Nations on September 22, 2020.

  • Producing a distinctive form of archaeology rooted in Chinese culture (September 30, 2020)

  • On November 8, 2020, China achieved high-quality development.

  • Redesigning the global landscape in the aftermath of the pandemic (November 24, 2020)

  • Economic progress in China (December 18, 2020)

  • On December 30, 2020, a new form of urbanization focused on people was promoted.

  • Creating a improved society (January 7, 2021).

  • On January 28, 2021, the information technology industry and internet sector saw significant growth and advancement.

  • Collaboration between China and nations in Central and Eastern Europe (February 9, 2021)

  • public health and hygiene work in the New Era (March 9, 2021) 
  • technological innovation (March 16, 2021)
  • The future of humankind (April 21, 2021)

  • Encouraging superior progress in the upcoming stage of growth.

    This project diverts water from south to north. (May 16, 2021) 


  • The continuous growth and progress of the relationship between China and Russia (as of July 1, 2021)
  • The latest Party building project (July 1, 2021).

  • The upcoming growth and progress of the Asia-Pacific region on July 16, 2021.

  • “Development in Tibet in the New Era (July 16, 2021).”

  • Meeting the 100-year goals of the PLA.July 30, 2021)

  • The establishment of an internal set of Party rules and regulations during the New Era (August 11, 2021).

  • Successfully promoting diversity and inclusivity in the current time period (August 28, 2021).


  • Achieving a high status in the field of sports (September 15, 2021)
  • unity in fighting the pandemic  (September 23, 2021) 
  • The administration of personnel in the modern age (September 23, 2021)

  • Blazing a path for the advancement of humanity’s growth on a higher level (October 12, 2021)

  • “On October 12, 2021, a joint effort was made to establish a unified community that encompasses all living beings on our planet.”

  • Performing efficiently in Taiwan during the New Era on October 13, 2021.

  • The improvement and advancement of the system and function of the National People’s Congress (NPC) in the modern era (October 15, 2021).

  • cybersecurity (October 17, 2021) 
  • how to pioneer a new journey for humankind’s high-level development (October 19, 2021) 
  • “What is the state of the world?” “What actions should we take?” [The General Secretary indicated the direction] (October 25, 2021)

  • Replying to the issue of climate change (November 3, 2021)

  • Continuing to independently advance in technology and improve oneself (November 3, 2021)

  • Developing our country’s advanced technological skills (November 3, 2021)

  • a globally inspiring diplomatic philosophy (November 7, 2021) 
  • Cooperation between China and Africa in the New Era (December 3, 2021)


  • The establishment of a system of governance in China (December 3, 2021).

  • Encouraging collaborative advancement at a global scale (December 6, 2021)
  • Finding a balance between preventing the spread of COVID-19 and promoting economic growth during the pandemic on March 20, 2022.

  • On April 14, 2022, there will be an effective and accurate strategy in place to prevent the spread of an epidemic.

  • Creating a strong base for ensuring national security (April 15, 2022)

  • Xi Jinping Thought on Ecological Civilization for sustainable development (April 22, 2022) 
  • Pulling the world out of its present crisis (April 22, 2022)

  • By May 6, 2022, we aim to achieve technological independence, enhance our capabilities, and establish ourselves as a leading global technological force.

  • The establishment of museums dedicated to culture and history (May 18, 2022)

  • Encouraging tranquility in the development of Asia and the rest of the world (May 21, 2022)

  • Encouraging the growth of law enforcement organizations in the current era (May 26, 2022).

  • Strengthening and improving the process of petitioning in order to build better connections with the community (May 27, 2022)

  • How can we further investigate the history of Chinese civilization (May 29, 2022)?

  • global development (June 25, 2022)
  • On June 28, 2022, the growth of Fujian province’s tea industry located in Mt. Wuyi was observed.

  • The new Hong Kong S.A.R. administration will begin their governing duties on July 3, 2022.

  • Seizing the chance presented by the information revolution on July 13, 2022.

  • Managing Xinjiang in the Current Era (July 17, 2022)

  • pandemic prevention in Africa (July 22, 2022) 
  • cultural development in the New Era (August 1, 2022) 
  • maintaining world peace (August 26, 2022) 
  • national scientific and technological development (September 12, 2022) 
  • Creating a new way for countries to interact with each other (September 25, 2022)

  • Finding solutions to global security issues on October 13, 2022.

  • On October 18, 2022, there will be advancements and growth in the capabilities and well-being of human society.

  • human society’s path towards peace and prosperity (October 29, 2022)
  • Rewording the text below:

    The progress of donating to charity on November 9, 2022.

  • the path to global digital development (November 10, 2022) 
  • Sino-American relations (November 15, 2022) 
  • Marking the beginning of a new phase in cooperation among countries in the Asia-Pacific region, on November 17, 2022.

  • Honoring and upholding the rich customs of the People’s Army while enhancing the recognition of military achievements in the modern era (November 29, 2022).


  • Strengthening rural communities and advancing the modernization of agriculture in the New Era (December 1, 2022)
  • Enhancing the connection between two parties and establishing the course for the future stage of relations between China and Australia, to take place on December 9, 2022.

  • “International management of biodiversity at a global level on December 17, 2022”

  • The advancement of transportation during the era of January 21, 2023.

  • Revolutionizing the practices of accounting and auditing in the New Era with a new approach (January 25, 2023).


  • Complete execution of the principles outlined in the 20th National Party Congress (February 4, 2023).
  • Improved advertising for the implementation of contemporary Chinese culture (February 7, 2023)

  • There has been significant growth in the Chinese economy as of February 10, 2023.

  • By February 20, 2023, we expect to see significant growth in our agricultural industry.

  • Addressing the problem of “bottlenecks” on February 21, 2023.

  • progress on the “Three Rural Issues
    On March 3, 2023, there will be updates regarding agricultural production, rural development, and the impact on farmers’ incomes.
  • The private economy’s healthy growth and the production of exceptional standards (Mar 7, 2023)

  • national defense and military construction (March 10, 2023) 
  • cadres promoting rural construction (March 21, 2023) 
  • Ensuring the conservation of the Yellow River in the modern era and promoting growth in provinces and regions along the river basin (March 31, 2023)

  • “character-building through education” (April 14, 2023)

  • The optimal direction for advancing human progress and growth (April 18, 2023)
  • summiting the peak of aerospace technology (April 24, 2023) 
  • Construction of a digital infrastructure (planned for April 27, 2023).

  • Successfully carrying out the Party’s youth initiatives on a novel path in the New Era (May 7, 2023).

  • Work related to Chinese affairs abroad (May 10, 2023)

  • Encouraging the economic unification of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei on May 13, 2023.

  • Collaboration between China and the Central Asian region on May 21, 2023.

  • The growth of advanced manufacturing in China (May 22, 2023)

  • Maintaining a holistic approach during research and study travel on May 24, 2023.

  • On May 26, 2023, there were exciting advancements in online discussion platforms, technological progress, and global collaboration and sharing.

  • Boosting the achievement of advanced levels of technological independence and enhancement (May 29, 2023)

  • Encouraging significant growth and success in the field of Chinese arts and literature, to take place on May 29, 2023.

  • The worldwide advancement of economies on June 2, 2023.

  • Attempting to construct a contemporary Chinese society (June 4, 2023)

  • high-quality development in Inner Mongolia (June 10, 2023) 
  • Striving to establish a fresh cultural environment suitable for the present time (June 15, 2023).

  • ecological construction (June 21, 2023) 
  • Correcting work to meet best practices by a specific date(June 22, 2023).

  • mastering the “primary task” (July 7, 2023) 
  • Party building and organizing work (July 10, 2023) 
  • The progress of the partnership between China and the Solomon Islands (July 13, 2023).

  • Embracing the momentous potential presented by the onset of the information age on July 13, 2023.

  • Encouraging and advancing the growth of China as a leading cyber force (July 15, 2023)

  • Effectively managing online operations during the New Era’s (July 21, 2023) new direction.

  • Encouraging the advancement of superior development in the Yangtze River Economic Belt on July 28, 2023.

  • development of Sino-Georgian relations in the New Era (August 1, 2023) 
  • China and Malaysia have formed a joint community with a shared future on August 15, 2023.

  • On August 15, 2023, the protection of wetlands will be undertaken.

  • Promoting the growth of the artificial intelligence sector in a sustainable manner (August 16, 2023).

  • On August 19, 2023, a complete revamp of the Party’s methods for spreading ideas and guiding principles for the modern age will take place, emphasizing both originality and staying true to the right direction.

  • The enhancement of the relationship between China and the United States (August 23, 2023).


  • Enhancing interconnection and collaboration among countries, managing potential threats and difficulties, and collaborating towards the advancement of a more prosperous global society (August 24, 2023)
  • Advancing the relationship between China and South Africa (August 24, 2023)

  • Strengthening the partnership between China and Bangladesh (August 24, 2023)


  • Collaborating to achieve mutual global development on August 26, 2023.
  • doing the Party’s overseas Chinese work well in the New Era (August 31, 2023) 
  • Establishing a strong basis for ensuring access to food by September 1, 2023.

  • nurturing human talent in the New Era (September 1, 2023) 
  • high-quality development of the trade in services (September 4, 2023) 
  • The creation of technologically advanced industries on September 6, 2023.

  • the development of Longjiang (September 8, 2023) 

  • Expanding opportunities for progress in the northern region (September 11, 2023)
  • Collaboration and exchange of technology (September 11, 2023)

  • Boosting China’s development as a prominent leader in the cyber world (September 14, 2023)

  • The advancement of China-Singapore relations at a senior level (September 14, 2023).

  • On September 14, 2023, the General Office of the State Council will be effectively executing its duties on a new course.

  • On September 16, 2023, we will be assisting in the advancement of safer, superior, and more productive growth of China-Europe railways.

  • On September 16, 2023, there are plans for further strengthening the amicable bond between China and Indonesia.

  • Strengthening cultural self-assurance, taking on the task of establishing a new culture for a new era, firmly advancing modern Chinese culture, and achieving the status of a powerful Socialist culture (September 20, 2023)

  • On September 20, 2023, a new direction will be taken to build a modern Socialist country that also values cultural traditions.

  • Encouraging the advancement of modern industrialization on September 25, 2023.

  • Creating and advancing the Fengqiao Experience in the New Era (September 27, 2023)

  • Creating advanced free trade trial regions (September 27, 2023)

  • performing household and caregiving tasks effectively for women and children (September 28, 2023)

  • “A vision of creating a society where all of humanity works together towards common goals and adapts to the current era, ultimately guiding the path towards enhancing worldwide leadership and management.”


  • Advocating for global harmony and progress (October 1, 2023)
  • Strengthening publishing collaborations and communication between China and Arab countries on October 3, 2023.

  • doing poverty alleviation work well (October 6, 2023) 
  • Improving the efficiency of communication, promoting core beliefs and values, and enhancing cultural initiatives (October 9, 2023)

  • innovative developments on unions and the labor movement in the New Era (October 9, 2023) 
  • On October 9, 2023, promoting mutual development and strengthening friendships between China and Uzbekistan to establish a united community for the future.


  • labor union activity on October 10, 2023
  • doing the Party’s children’s work well and promoting the development of children’s causes in the New Era (October 12, 2023)
  • On October 13, 2023, actively promoting the improvement and advancement of the Yangtze River Economic Belt.

  • In the New Era (October 15, 2023), effectively managing cyberspace administration tasks on a new trajectory.

  • Defending and advertising the culture of the Yangtze River (October 15th, 2023)

  • Training and educating leaders effectively during the New Era (Oct 16, 2023)

  • Encouraging the growth and well-being of individuals with disabilities in China (October 18, 2023)

  • On October 18, 2023, the progress of Pudong’s advancement will be exhibited.

  • the high-quality collective construction of the Belt and Road Initiative (October 19, 2023) 
  • Encouraging further progress towards ideological freedom and advocating for Reform and Opening (Oct 19, 2023)

  • On October 19, 2023, China and the rest of the world are working together to achieve mutual growth and success. This collaboration aims to create a better future and promote global prosperity.

  • humanity’s future development (October 19, 2023) 
  • I look forward to working together with Turkmenistan in the future on October 20, 2023.

  • On October 21, 2023, China and Brazil will begin a new chapter in their relationship, marked by improved ties.

  • Improving circumstances for the modern working class and labor groups to make valuable contributions, develop new ideas, and foster growth (October 24, 2023)

  • We will continue to implement large-scale projects that contribute to the overall improvement of the situation until October 24, 2023.

  • The progress of women’s issues and the efforts of the Women’s Federation in changing circumstances (October 31, 2023).

  • transforming global internet governance systems (November 7, 2023) 
  • The progress of the relationship between China and the United States (November 14, 2023).

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  • Encouraging the growth of top-notch advancements in the financial industry, set for November 30, 2023.
  • On December 2, 2023, we will be at the forefront of advancing significant advancements in integrating the Yangtze River Delta Region.

  • Speeding up the achievement of advanced technology independence and self-enhancement.December 5, 2023 ) 

  • the development of Hongkou township (December 9, 2023) 
  • how China, as the largest developing country, should coexist with the largest coalition of developed countries (December 9, 2023) 
  • On December 12, 2023, China will continue to pioneer the advancement of its economy’s high-quality growth.

  • Creating a splendid region of Guangxi, based on Chinese-style Socialism in the New Era on December 17, 2023.

  • The establishment of the Zhuang Autonomous Region on December 18, 2023.

  • efforts to further deepen and solidify thematic education (December 19, 2023) 
  • comprehensively advancing rural revitalization and common prosperity (December 20, 2023) 
  • the correct direction for the common development, long-term stability, and mutual learning from other civilizations (December 28, 2023) 
  • managing tumultuous Sino-American relations (December 28, 2023) 
  • cannot reword)December 30, 2023) 
  • the development of the Party’s mass organizations (December 31, 2023) 
  • Enhancing cultural self-assurance and preserving cultural autonomy (January 11, 2024)

  • On January 11, 2024, the members of the New Era People’s Police Force will fulfill their responsibilities and complete their assigned tasks.

  • Encouraging the rapid growth of winter sports in China on January 15, 2024.

  • On January 15, 2024, there will be further progress and developments in the political and legal spheres.


  • The evolution of financial systems in China (January 17, 2024)
  • Assisting numerous areas in leveraging their resources to gain economic and competitive benefits on January 17, 2024.

  • On January 19, 2024, the world will be characterized by multiple poles of power.

  • Protecting against potential financial hazards and securing the financial stability (January 22, 2024)

  • The potential future of the relationship between China and France on January 27, 2024.

  • Enhancing the preservation of our rich historical and cultural legacy on January 30, 2024.

  • the whole Party engaging in “thematic” education (February 3, 2024) 
  • Encouraging the complete rejuvenation of countryside regions on February 6, 2024.

  • Attempting to construct a contemporary society in China on February 7, 2024.

  • On February 21, 2024, there will be a change in the approach and methods used for Xiamen’s development.

  • the economic

    Combining Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei into a single unit. (February 26, 2024) 

  • By February 27, 2024, China aims to become a dominant cyber-power, establish a modern socialist nation, and contribute to the revitalization of the Chinese people.


  • Finding solutions for the challenges related to developing natural resources and ensuring energy security (March 3, 2024)
  • On March 5, 2024, there will be an effort to increase the strength of the armed forces.

  • On March 6, 2024, China implemented the practice of governing through laws.

  • On March 7, 2024, regions will strive to foster the growth of innovative and efficient methods of production.

  • On March 7 2024, private enterprises will experience significant improvements in their development.

  • Removing obstacles that impede the progress of “new productive forces” (March 11, 2024) [Chinese]

This post was contributed to by Tony Hu and Cindy Carter.