Erik Zhang, the agent for NBA star Yao Ming, on Yao’s purchase of his former Chinese Basketball Association club, the Shanghai Sharks:
"Yao did this for several reasons. Yao still feels emotionally attached to the Sharks. When they win he’s happy and when they lose he’s sad."
Nick Reilly, executive vice president of GM’s international operations, on the prospect of Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corp (BAIC) taking over Opel:
"It would have a bigger presence, but I don’t see it as being any major difference in terms of competition."
Zhou Qinjiang, a worker from the Zhangjiajie tourism development company, on the plight of the Kuzhu River, which the local government doesn’t consider that dirty:
"Most of the trash in the river is packaging from household things like washing powder floating from upstream. Bad habits like dumping trash are killing the Kuzhu River."
Roger Agnelli, CEO of Vale, on the deadlocked iron ore price talks:
"The benchmark [price] is given. It is established. It is clear. The client chooses what he wants. The Chinese need to choose what they want."
Li Xue, of the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing, on plans to standardize Chinese translations for moon features:
"When our astronauts land on the moon, it will be embarrassing if they do not have any appropriate words to describe what they see to the millions of people watching them on TV."