Premier Wen Jiabao:
"People are enjoying way more of the freedom and rights in choosing their jobs, moving their homes, traveling to other countries as tourists and choosing information ? With regard to our human rights record, we have our shortcomings."
New York Senator Charles Schumer, after returning from his fact-finding trip to China:
"We came back from China with a real feeling that the Chinese realize that pegging their currency is not only bad for America but bad for China,"
Wu Jinglian, an adviser to China’s parliament, on the ongoing debates within the Chinese government:
"In the past two years, some adherents of the old system have taken the discussion about negative phenomena and have redirected it into opposition to market reforms ? For the next five years, the crucial issue will be whether or not we can push forward reform and improve the market and legal environment."
People’s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan:
"Local economists worry that, even when China has achieved a basic global balance, the US could still be running a high trade deficit – and the problem will not be on the Chinese side."
State Administration of Foreign Exchange Vice-Director Wei Benhua, on fears that Beijing might be considering selling some of its US dollar-denominated assets:
"In the management of foreign exchange reserves, China adheres to the principles of security, liquidity and profitability. China is a responsible investor in the international market and is not targeting short-term gains."
IOC Chairman Jacques Rogge, on the 2008 Beijing Olympics and human rights in China:
"The staging of the Beijing Games will do a lot for human rights and social relations. We are sure that this is going to be the case ? Having 20 to 25,000 press people covering will open up the country to the whole world. That will have a positive effect."