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“We have to si­mul­ta­ne­ously pro­mote both ur­ban­iza­tion and ru­ral re­vi­tal­iza­tion to re­al­ize our gen­eral goal of mod­ern­iza­tion, and pri­or­i­tize agri­cul­ture and vil­lages.” Chen Xi­wen, a del­e­gate to the 13th Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress and for­mer deputy di­rec­tor of the of­fice of the Com­mu­nist Party of China’s ru­ral work lead­er­ship team, in the pref­ace for the new book Chi­nese Farm­ers’ Mi­gra­tion and Mod­ern­iza­tion, by Cui Chuanyi, a re­searcher on ru­ral is­sues at the De­vel­op­ment Re­search Cen­ter of the State Coun­cil.

“It [the ar­ti­cle] is more than mar­ket­ing anx­i­ety, it is inducing panic. Are peo­ple aban­doned by other peers just be­cause they fail to make a big for­tune? Many peo­ple work hard and treat life se­ri­ously, and we can’t de­fine suc­cess as be­ing a bil­lion­aire... It is up to each in­di­vid­ual whether they stay as they are or make a change. No­body has the right to guide and judge oth­ers’ lives.”

Pop­u­lar blog­ger Han Han on his mi­croblog, slam­ming a re­cent viral ar­ti­cle that warned of the in­creas­ing in­come gap, which pointed out that the founder of bike-shar­ing app Mo­bike has earned mil­lions, while many of her peers have ap­par­ently ac­com­plished lit­tle.

“We have to make good use of this [Chi­nese] cap­i­tal. The real econ­omy is a bet­ter des­ti­na­tion for it than US bonds.” Fan Gang, a mem­ber of the Cur­rency Pol­icy Com­mis­sion of the Peo­ple’s Bank of China and deputy di­rec­tor of the China So­ci­ety of Eco­nomic Fo­rum, shar­ing his ideas on how to use do­mes­tic cap­i­tal at the 2018 Boao Fo­rum for Asia, held in Hainan Prov­ince.

“It is all an elab­o­rate ruse. The cur­rent US tar­iffs on

China aim to sup­press the rise of China’s man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try rather than lessen the Sino-us trade deficit, just as the US did to Ger­many in the 1970s and to Ja­pan and the ‘Four Asian Tigers’ in the 1980s.”

Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity economist Justin Yifu Lin on the cur­rent trade con­flict be­tween China and the US, at an eco­nomics fo­rum held by the Na­tional School of De­vel­op­ment at Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity.

“Chi­nese peo­ple are more open, since they are less sen­si­tive to pri­vacy and in many cases, will­ing to ex­change pri­vacy for con­ve­nience. So, we can use our data to do some things.” Robin Li, pres­i­dent of China’s in­ter­net search en­gine gi­ant Baidu, shar­ing his thoughts on user pri­vacy at the lat­est China De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum. His re­marks have trig­gered vi­o­lent crit­i­cism from many peo­ple, in­clud­ing lawyers and other in­ter­net bosses.

“Although Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s speech did not give a di­rect re­sponse to the threat of a Sino-us trade war, the ma­jor re­form and open­ing-up mea­sures he men­tioned, such as in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights pro­tec­tion and ac­tion on the trade deficit, mar­ket fair­ness and open­ness are ex­actly what the US has been ask­ing for.”

Shen Jian­guang, chief economist of Mizuho Se­cu­ri­ties Asian Branch, com­ment­ing on Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s speech at the 2018 Boao Fo­rum for Asia at the China Chief Economist Fo­rum, a pri­vate fi­nan­cial and eco­nomics think tank where Shen serves as a coun­cil mem­ber.

“Com­pared to pref­er­en­tial poli­cies, tax de­duc­tions and ex­emp­tions, and low land and la­bor costs with which China used to at­tract for­eign in­vest­ment, now we must rely more on an im­proved in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment and op­ti­mize the busi­ness sys­tem to at­tract for­eign in­vestors and tal­ent.” Tang Lim­ing, a re­searcher at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences on ur­ban strate­gies, in­dus­trial plan­ning and pub­lic pol­icy, writ­ing for fi­nan­cial por­tal Caixin on how to at­tract for­eign in­vest­ment to China.

“[Pres­i­dent] Don­ald Trump’s ac­tion against China, for me, is more a trade pol­icy [than a trade war]. He has the right to do this.” Long Yongtu, pres­i­dent of the Cen­ter for China and Glob­al­iza­tion (CCG) and for­mer deputy min­is­ter of China’s for­mer Min­istry of For­eign Trade and Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion, sug­gest­ing cau­tious use of the term of “trade war,” at a re­cent fo­rum jointly hosted by CCG and China Global Tele­vi­sion Net­work. He be­lieves that cool heads are ur­gently needed to quiet down the mar­kets.

“The his­tory ed­u­ca­tion in Chi­nese mid­dle schools has been telling Chi­nese and world his­tory from a sin­gle an­gle, of­ten stereo­types his­tor­i­cal peo­ple and gives a sim­ple, de­ter­mined con­clu­sion. It has spoiled the fun and learn­ing stu­dents should have got from study­ing his­tory.”

Com­men­ta­tor Lin Feiru, crit­i­ciz­ing the meth­ods of teach­ing his­tory in China, on the Chi­nese web­site of the Fi­nan­cial Times.

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