Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng on financial regulation:
"Financiers have the least conscience in the world when it comes to making money. By saying that, I would have offended many bankers… but this is my personal experience."
Shi Bingbing, a health official who screens would-be astronauts, on the reason halitosis would disqualify a candidate:
"The bad smell would affect their fellow colleagues in a narrow space."
Peter Kenyon, professor of economic policy at Curtin University’s Graduate School of Business in Perth, on the detention of four Rio Tinto executives, including Australian national Stern Hu:
"Hu’s guilt or otherwise is almost irrelevant. Slowly but surely the game is becoming a lot bigger than a simple commercial relationship between a supplier and a producer."
Tracy Cheng, managing director of CIIC-Exp China, a global technology and talent exchange services firm, on the increase in foreign students seeking internships in China:
"What we are seeing is a different kind of brain drain. Students … in developed nations come to China to be part of projects that they have no chance to participate in in their home countries."
Zhang Kai, a clothes trader in Henan province, on new rules banning erotic or malicious text messages:
"I’m totally for the rules. It’s uncomfortable to get dirty text messages from male friends, and even more gross when they are from strangers. But I’ll take them as jokes and reply if they are from my female friends."