Donatella Versace at her Italian luxury brand’s first China fashion show, in Beijing:
"What appeals to me is the energy in China, especially in this city Beijing. There are a lot of young people, creative people, a lot of art – it’s very inspiring … If the economic crisis permits, yes I’ll come every year."
A blogger, responding to Microsoft’s efforts to disrupt the use of pirated software in China:
"If we ignore [Microsoft] for six months, [it] will come back begging us to take it for free."
Singapore economist Song Seng Wun, on Singapore’s appetite for free trade agreements (FTAs) after it signed one with China :
"If there [were] a country on Mars, Singapore would have been the first to sign an FTA with the Martians."
Yi Gang, vice governor of the People’s Bank of China, on the bank’s strategy for the financial crisis:
"We will deal with the current financial tsunami in a responsible and steady manner … This responsible and steady attitude, instead of the attitude of selling off in a panic, will benefit the overall financial market."
An anonymous Chinese citizen, speaking to the BBC following Barack Obama’s election:
"American elections have shaken me to the core … To have a democratic system like the one in the USA is more difficult than touching the sky … But we long to achieve freedom and democracy."