NBA commissioner David Stern, at a press conference to announce the basketball league’s joint venture in China to build about 12 arenas in major Chinese cities:
"In terms of finances, we will be making investment decisions on a building-by-building basis … There’s going to be a rapid determination over a period of months which cities are the right ones for this venture."
Chen Xiwen, a Communist Party official, on new rural land reforms:
"[China will] construct a healthy market for the transfer of land contract rights … based on the principles of legality, free will and adequate compensation for the peasants."
Wang Wenming, a worker who lost his job when his Guangdong toy factory closed:
"This financial crisis in America is going to kill us. It’s already taking food out of our mouths."
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu arguing that China has complete religious freedom, rejecting a critical US report:
"Anyone who distorts this fact is doomed to failure."
A spokeswoman from the maker of White Rabbit candy, following the re-launch of the product after it was pulled off shelves for containing melamine:
"Our promotion in Shanghai First Food Mall was a big success … The candy was in such short supply that we need to get more batches from the factories to meet demand."