US President Barack Obama on the Chinese currency:
"China rightly sees the issue of currency as a sovereign issue … I think they are resistant to international pressure when it comes to them making decisions on their currency policy and monetary policy."
Fan Gang, director of the National Institute of Economic Research, on China’s consumption problems:
"The first reason why Chinese residents dare not consume is that they don’t have money."
Chen Deming, commerce minister, on China’s trade with America:
"What exactly does America want? Does it want to limit China’s imports or increase its exports to China?"
Hu Wei, Shenzhen Energy Transport’s chief of shipping and development, on a three-ton fuel oil spill off the Australian coast:
"We appreciate the environmental and economic significance of the Great Barrier Reef."
Premier Wen Jiabao on deceased reformist leader Hu Yaobang:
"Comrade Yaobang’s sincere, approachable, smiling face constantly appears before my eyes, and in my heart the cherished feelings I’ve put aside for so many years flood in like a tide."
University of Utah adjunct law professor Cole Capener on the Rio Tinto verdict:
"The primary purpose of a trial in the Chinese system is not to determine guilt or innocence of the defendant. It is to impose a sentence. If that sounds like there is a presumption of guilt, you would be almost right."