Victor Shih, a China expert at Northwestern University, on China’s potential economic bubble:
"It’s a Ponzi scheme whose head is the central bank, and it can print money."
The administrator of a Shanghai hospital on a university student who was asked to deposit US$380 to treat a small cut:
"It is just an advance payment to save the sufferer’s time. The real payment will reflect the price of the real treatment and check-up programs."
Xie Wen, a Chinese internet commentator, on the consequences of a blackout of Google in China:
"Maybe the Chinese will become second-class citizens of the internet world."
Blogger Zhang Hongfeng on the restriction of citizen complaints on the government website of Dantu district, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province, to 100 characters:
"If you don’t know classical Chinese, you’d better not report any problems … Even micro-bloggers can write 140 characters. What can be written in 100 characters?"
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu on Google’s threat to close its operations in China:
"China’s internet is open."
Zhang Junde, a 70-year-old man placed under house arrest in a Guangdong hotel by local government officers:
"This is not a hotel, it is a jail."
Zhang Chewei, deputy director of CASS Institute of Population and Labor Economics, on China’s division between rich and poor
"According to rough calculation, 80% of people are not being covered by social security. Basically, there is no social security in rural areas, and in cities less than half of the population has social security, so we can see the whole social security system is broken."
Outspoken Chinese blogger Han Han, known for his criticism of the establishment, on whether he is willing to be elected as mayor of Shanghai:
"I think I do not want to be a Shanghai mayor. At present, I am unwilling to work with a group of officials who seem to know nothing of people’s livelihoods."
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the lack of American awareness regarding the 2010 World Expo:
"I was dumbfounded that so little attention had been paid to it … Everyone knows China is going to be an enormously powerful player in the 21st century. They have an expo, which is a kind of rite of passage that countries like to do to show they have arrived. We’re not there? What does that say?"
Mu Zhipeng, a high school student, on why he killed his classmate after his parents criticized his poor academic performance:
"I do not need go to school after killing a person."