In Chinese President Xi Jinping's three-and-a-half-hour address to the nation and the world, titled Secure a Decisive Victory in Building a Moderately Prosperous Society in All Respects and Strive for the Great Success of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, there was going to be something for everyone, but it was surprisingly light on detail.
For the Chinese nationalists he promised to be tough with China's territorial claims over Taiwan and the South China Sea.
He also promised to "strengthen our military, modernise our military, make a military dream".
"We made historical breakthroughs to restore the glorious traditions of the army," he said.
Then there was the catch-all; a pledge to continue to make the people rich and prosperous but at the same time to work on reducing the huge disparities in wealth that have opened up between the tiny minority of mega rich and the majority who are still struggling.
It is all presented in the context of "the China Dream", the promise of something better, that the nation will shed its century of humiliation and shame and resume its rightful place as a world leader and, for the individual, the hope to progress.
"In this era everyone will become rich, sons and daughters of China will achieve their dreams. We are coming to the centre of the world stage," he said.
Much of the speech was spent on reminding the audience of China's Marxist roots and its socialist ambitions, but then in the back end of the address and in seemingly contradictory statements, Mr Xi mentioned that China would continue and deepen its free market reforms.
"China's open door will not be closed, it will be only be opened wider," Xi said.
The Government will "clean up rules and practices that hinder a unified market and fair competition, support development of private firms and stimulate vitality of all types of market entities", he said.
The embrace of capitalism in the late 1980s by the party has in large part contributed to its survival and success.
It has made money for the party and more importantly made the populace wealthy — about half a billion people have been lifted from dollar-a-day poverty in past three decades.
But there was a lack of detail on how Mr Xi is going to continue to keep his GDP growth at around 6.5-7 per cent.
There was no plan here.
Key differences to Japan and US
For decades, many western economists have predicted the collapse of China and now more than ever with debt two-and-a-half times GDP, but China has key differences to say, Japan, before its bubble burst, or the US economy before the GFC hit.
Most of China's debt is state debt, the majority of it is at provincial levels and it can be paid out by Chinese banks.
There will be no defaults from the international banking system.
China still has large currency reserves so with $US3-4 trillion, it can buffer a collapse.
Also, saving ratios are still relatively high and China does still have some control over its currency, enough to perhaps stop up a freefall.
While Li Keqiang, the Chinese Premier, has articulated his vision of a new Chinese economy based on services on consumption and a shift away from mining, steel and construction, Mr Xi hasn't detailed his vision since taking over much of the economic portfolio.
Mr Xi has been promising greater market reform since 2013, but so far he hasn't delivered. The international business community says it is getting promise fatigue.
And Mr Xi's statement on putting state-owned enterprises (SOEs) front and centre of the economy again doesn't help.
It seems the President will not make the hard decision when it comes to SOEs.
They are the biggest sources of debt, least dynamic and most inefficient sector of the economy, but Mr Xi fears mass unrest caused by unemployment and also a loss of revenue to the party.
There was no articulated plan on how to deal with inequality of wealth either.
This is set to become a lot sharper, as Mr Xi has promised to make the populace much richer and raised expectations with his China Dream narrative.
Victor Gao, translator to former paramount leader Deng Xiaoping and now an international lobbyist with excellent senior party connections, says inequality and corruption are the party's biggest problems.
"If inequality and corruption are not dealt with, the communist party system could collapse," he says.
"The party could be kicked out and lose political power and China could become fragmented and spilt into different parts, so the risks are real and very serious for China.
"People would start to think of rebellion and chaos and that would destroy the China Dream."