Chen Deming, commerce minister, on China’s exchange rate policy:
"America can sell a lot of Blackhawk helicopters to Taiwan. However, when the earthquake hit China in 2008 and the conditions in Wenchuan were very serious, I directly told the Secretary of the Department of Commerce that I would like to purchase some helicopter engines for rescuing victims. Their reply was that this requirement needed to be discussed by the Department of State and the Department of Defense. Then, half a year later, after the worst in Wenchuan was over – and even up to now – I haven’t received a reply to explain why they could not sell us the engines. I bought engines from Russia in the end. Therefore, I have been thinking, what exactly does America want? Does it want to limit China’s imports or increase its exports to China?"