Some China-related quotes you may have missed:
Kong Quan, China’s ambassador to France, on the purchasing power of Chinese consumers:
"Do you realize that 30 years ago, the three treasures in a Chinese household were a bike, a watch and perhaps a sewing machine? Today 1 million cars per month are sold in China and the car is no longer considered a treasure.”
Renee Hartmann, co-founder of clothing brand Eno, on her company’s design strategy and success in China:
"Everywhere else, fashion starts from the runway, and you pretty much know what the trend’s going to be a year or two later. Here it’s not really clear what’s going to end up working at what time. That’s why we tried to open up the design process as much as possible."
Chris Alden, an Africa expert at the London School of Economics, on China’s interest in Africa:
"You could argue that the contemporary driver is economic, but they’ve always had a political interest in Africa, from the mid-1950s onward. As China becomes a more active player in multilateral affairs, it recognizes it needs partners, and Africa in many ways is a very suitable partner."
Courtney Hohne, a Google spokeswoman, on the Chinese authors vs. Google copyright case:
“We take the view, backed up by international copyright law, that no copyright is violated in this process since the amount of text displayed is so small and it’s purely for information. In fact, it’s comparable to a quotation from a book in a review or our Web search results, both of which are perfectly legal.”