Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, writing in the New York Times on how to improve China-EU ties:
"We should strengthen dialogue and consultation, refrain from taking protectionist measures and avoid politicizing trade issues. China hopes that the EU will evaluate the conditions of the Chinese economy in an objective and unprejudiced manner."
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou on discussing unification with China:
"I will not engage in talks on unification with mainland China during my presidency, regardless of whether it lasts four years or eight."
Mu Yongxian, a former builder who lost his 17-year-old daughter in last year’s Sichuan earthquake:
"The construction company did not follow the plans. The steel rods in the cement were much thinner than they should have been."
Zhou Yuehua of Guangdong Medicines and Health Products Import and Export Corp on the popularity of his company’s face masks:
"The price of masks has doubled or even tripled. It is beyond our expectations."
Qi Jingmei, a State Information Center economist:
"The Chinese government has already taken many initiatives to boost the export sector, but the results will ultimately depend on demand. The fall in imports shows that domestic companies are not willing to invest. We need to observe more before we can conclude that there’s a rebound in the real economy."