Notable China-related quotes from the last week:
From a letter written by liberal Communist Party elders to President Hu Jintao expressing concerns about China’s economic stimulus package:
“We are extremely worried that the privileged and the corrupt will seize this opportunity to fatten themselves, damage the relationship between the party and the people, and intensify social conflict.”
From antiques dealer Cai Mingchao on the debate surrounding his refusal to pay for the relics he bid on at a Christie’s auction:
“I’ve been doing this for so many years, and it’s very clear to me that my action will have an impact on my future reputation. It’ll definitely take a beating.”
Cai and others believe his refusal was a patriotic act, as the relics were looted by foreign forces from the Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) in Beijing during the Opium Wars.
China’s Health Minister Chen Zhu encouraging China’s doctors to give up smoking:
“Medical workers and those who take decisions regarding people’s health should take the lead to quit smoking and completely ban indoor smoking to set a good example for their patients and others who look up to them.”