Notable China-related quotes from the last week:
Pan Qifang, board secretary of Jiangxi Copper Group, on why more Chinese firms are investing in Afghanistan including Jiangxi Copper which signed a US$3 billion deal to develop the large Aynak copper deposit south of Kabul with China Metallurgical Group:
"It is very safe to conduct the project in Afghanistan because the Americans are guarding us."
Rebecca MacKinnon, an expert on Internet freedoms at the University of Hong Kong and a former CNN Beijing bureau chief, on why there has never been an opposition party to the CCP:
"You don’t see democratization. The courts are no more independent of the Communist Party than they were 10 years ago. You have no progress toward representative government."
The Dalai Lama, on why a democratically elected leader should succeed him when he dies:
"When we put the whole responsibility in the person of the Dalai Lama, it is dangerous … it is appropriate that a democratically elected leader lead a people’s movement."
George Clarke, an attorney who represents two of the Uighur Guantanamo Bay detainees who were just transferred to Palau, on his clients’ concerns about relocating so close to China:
"There’s an impression that China is a big bogeyman in the region and that they can do whatever they want."