Notable China-related quotes from the last week:
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, who are now charged with commercial bribery and obtaining secrets:
"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."
Zhu Zhixin, a former head of the statistics bureau, on the National Bureau of Statistic’s commitment to transparency and accuracy:
"If macroeconomic data can become more accurate, clearer and closer to reality, then economic policymaking in the future can also be more appropriate to the economy’s actual development."
Zhang Kai, a clothes trader in Zhenzhou, Henan province on new provincial regulations proscribing 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."
Written on 100,000 smiley-face stickers to be distributed by volunteers in Urumqi after last month’s violent ethnic clashes left nearly 200 people dead:
"A smile is the common language of all nationalities."