Liu Mingkang, chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, on how toxic assets are preventing the world from a global economic recovery:
"Toxic assets must be immediately resolved world-wide. Absent a radical carving off of toxic assets in one go, the picture will never be good."
Qin Gang, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, in reaction to the mayor of Paris making the Dalai Lama an honorary citizen:
"It will inevitably harm the cooperation between Paris and Chinese cities…We demand Paris stop all behaviors that interfere in China’s domestic affairs to avoid going further in the wrong direction."
Brian Milburn, president of Solid Oak Software, on whether China’s Green Dam internet filter is copied from his company’s CYBERSitter:
"I am 99.99% certain that, if not the entire program, at least a good proportion of it is stolen CYBERSitter code."
The Shanghai Flu Control and Prevention Center’s press officer, on whether the mayor of New Orleans was under its supervision:
"Nobody in quarantine has claimed that he is the mayor of New Orleans."
Zhang Lianggui, a prominent Chinese expert on North Korea, on the consequences if Pyongyang were to ever botch a nuclear test:
"Future generations of the Korean people will have no place of their own, and China’s reviving northeast will burst like a bubble. This is a… threat that China has never faced in its thousands of years."