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“In­di­vid­u­als should have more free­dom to give birth, but since Chi­nese peo­ple don’t want large fam­i­lies any­more, the birth rate wouldn’t rise even if we fur­ther loos­ened con­trols.”

Zhai Zhenwu, di­rec­tor of the China Pop­u­la­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, warn­ing about China’s low birth rate, dur­ing a re­cent in­ter­view with China Daily.

“I think more than once we had some ten­ta­tive agree­ment be­tween the two work­ing teams [of China and the US]. Then just overnight the ten­ta­tive agree­ment was re­jected and the de­mand from the US changed. So this is very con­fus­ing, and this is mak­ing things very dif­fi­cult.”

Cui Tiankai,

Chi­nese am­bas­sador to the US, talk­ing about Sino-us trade ne­go­ti­a­tions dur­ing an in­ter­view with US Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio (NPR).

“Pri­vate cap­i­tal can no longer merely mind its own busi­ness now, be­cause firms have ex­panded their busi­ness so much, they have be­come pil­lar in­dus­tries re­lated to na­tional wel­fare and peo­ple’s liveli­hoods – in other words, they have con­structed these pil­lar in­dus­tries and pro­vided new in­fras­truc­ture them­selves. For ex­am­ple, some in­ter­net giants are of no less im­por­tance than a na­tional or so­cial en­ter­prise, so it is im­prac­ti­cal and ridicu­lous to de­fine them as hav­ing a sup­port­ing role and be­ing com­ple­men­tary.”

Wu Xiaobo,

Econ­o­mist talk­ing about the changes to the Chi­nese econ­omy, in a post on his Wechat pub­lic ac­count.

“I feel that some Amer­i­cans are try­ing very hard to win an Academy Award for the best screen­play... If you re­ally worry that iphones are bugged, just shift to use Huawei [cell­phones].”

Hua Chun­y­ing, spokes­woman for the Chi­nese Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, com­ment­ing on a New York Times re­port that US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s per­sonal iphone has been mon­i­tored by the Chi­nese and Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence agen­cies.

“Since we can’t find a new way to lib­er­ate and fur­ther de­velop pro­duc­tiv­ity, the fruits of our 40 years of re­form will be nib­bled away at and our so­cial wel­fare will be bogged down un­less we can deepen our in­sti­tu­tional re­form... Lux­ury and cor­rup­tion have ar­rived among us be­fore we have truly got­ten rich and all these fac­tors will bur­den our na­tional econ­omy.”

Zhou Qiren,

a pro­fes­sor at the Na­tional School of De­vel­op­ment, Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity, dis­cussing China’s fu­ture re­form path, at Tenyun, a pri­vate think tank es­tab­lished by in­ter­net gi­ant Ten­cent.

“If par­ents don’t re­spect and set lim­its be­tween them and their chil­dren, their chil­dren will have no aware­ness of lim­i­ta­tions. This means they won’t be able to dis­tin­guish be­tween love and hurt, or pro­tect them­selves when some­one tries to harm them.”

Xiao An “When I got to third grade, I grad­u­ally found that so­ci­ety re­duces peo­ple by, in sim­ple terms, hav­ing en­trance ex­ams for mid­dle schools and col­leges. Be­fore we’ve even been able to show our tal­ents, we’ve been re­duced to be­ing de­scribed as use­less.”

You Yix­uan,

a fifth-grade el­e­men­tary school pupil from Nan­jing, Jiangsu Prov­ince, who shot to fame on the in­ter­net af­ter her com­po­si­tion for an es­say com­pe­ti­tion was posted on­line and went vi­ral.

“There is so much ar­gu­ment in the pub­lic opin­ion sphere that some peo­ple only be­lieve what on­line in­flu­encers say. It should be noted, how­ever, that much of their in­flu­ence is made up on pur­pose and hyped up.”

Zhu Wei,

deputy di­rec­tor of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Cen­ter of the China Uni­ver­sity of Pub­lic Sci­ence and Law, warn­ing that pub­lic opin­ion is of­ten ma­nip­u­lated, in an ar­ti­cle for busi­ness news mag­a­zine Caixin.

“It’s fine that we ex­pect the State to res­cue the stock mar­ket. But the mar­ket’s self-dis­tor­tion should be re­paired in a mar­ke­to­ri­ented way. In­ter­na­tional and na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence has proved that [State] res­cue is not nec­es­sar­ily the best way to sta­bi­lize and de­velop the mar­ket.” Zheng Lian­sheng,

an as­so­ciate re­searcher at the In­sti­tute of Fi­nance and Bank­ing, Chi­nese Academy of Sciences, say­ing that gov­ern­ment su­per­vi­sion and man­age­ment should find a bal­ance be­tween mar­ket rules and fluc­tu­a­tions, in an ar­ti­cle in Caixin mag­a­zine.

Psy­chol­o­gist post­ing on his mi­croblog his op­po­si­tion to po­lice de­clin­ing to in­ves­ti­gate a fa­ther af­ter pas­sen­gers on a train ex­pressed con­cern that he was lift­ing up his five-year-old daugh­ter’s clothes and fondling and kiss­ing her in­ap­pro­pri­ately, even though the child was re­sist­ing.

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