Notable China-related quotes from the last week:
Scot Marciel, a US deputy assistant Secretary of State handling Asia, on Beijing’s warning to US and other foreign oil companies to stop their work with Vietnamese partners in the South China Sea or face consequences:
"We object to any effort to intimidate US companies."
Hu Yong, a new media expert with the School of Journalism and Communication at Peking University, on the impact of the internet blockade of Xinjiang province by the local government since the riots began on July 5:
"Time after time, young Web users may grow doubts over the government’s Internet policies, which will produce more profound impacts,"
An official in Shandong province, who requested to remain anonymous, on China’s drinking culture which has come under more scrutiny recently following the death deputy director of water resources in Xinzhou district:
"Neither my guests nor I want to get drunk but we have to play under the unspoken rule, which has been around for so long. We don’t know how to do business otherwise."
Wang Haiyun, a Major General in the Chinese army and a former military attache to Russia, in response to suspicion about the military alignment of China and Russia as a result of the joint Sino-Russian military exercise codenamed "Peace Mission 2009":
"[The Shanghai Cooperation Organization Charter] applies the ‘3 no’ principle: no alliance, no confrontation and not against a third party. In the new era of cooperation rather than confrontation, alliances are not helpful for peaceful development."