Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma, who recently unveiled plans for Grameen China, on corporate philanthropy:
"If you have money, but have not turned this money into an experience to elevate your own or other people’s level of happiness, then you may very well only possess a lot of symbols and a mountain of very colorful pieces of paper."
Ina Hut, former head of the Netherlands’ largest adoption agency, on Chinese officials stealing and trafficking babies:
"It became a supply-and-demand-driven market and a lot of people at the local level were making too much money."
Dorjee Khandu, chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, on China’s cold war with India:
"The idea is: The more the expenditure on defense, the less the money spent on development. In short they are bent on weakening India through this game of psychological warfare."
Amar Bhidé, a visiting scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, on Chinese consumers:
"It’s much easier to set up a Nike factory than to get the average consumer to buy and use fancy sneakers."
Nie Yongfeng, a waste management expert at Tsinghua University, on rural landfills:
"Trash was never complicated before, because we didn’t have supermarkets, fancy packaging and endless things to buy. Now suddenly the government is panicking about the mountains of garbage piling up with no place to put it all."