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Reforms: Consumption, Election, and Language



“This is by far the most transparent election we’ve ever had in this village...the past ones were all fake democracy.”
Yang Semao, deputy director of Wukan committee
New York Times

“If China is growing fast and making our products, it’s good to understand what’s going on will be good for me to speak Chinese [with the support of the New York Times.]”
Thomas Lin, senior producer science desk, New York TImes
China Daily

“The cost of counterfeit goods is not limited to massive financial harm to American businesses and consumers...criminals can exploit the same channels and import other material that threatens out health and safety.”
Paul Fishman U.S. Attorney

“While reform carries risk, abandoning reform will bring jeopardy to the party...China is at a new crossroads.”
Wu Jinglian, one of China’s premier economist
The Jamestown Foundation

“In 2010 and 2011, NASA reported 5,408 computer security incidents that resulted in the installation of malicious software on or unauthorized access to its system...incidents spanned a wide continuum for individuals testing their skill to break into NASA systems.”
Paul K. Martin, NASA inspector general
Fox News

“When a country’s annual per capita gross domestic product reached the threshold of $4,000, its consumption structure will change from survival mode to one of enjoyment.”
Zhang Yansheng, director of the Institute for International Economics Research
China Daily

“China’s limited military strength is aimed at safeguarding sovereignty, national security and territorial integrity and will not pose a threat to other countries; China has 1.3 billion people...but our defense spending is relatively low compared with other major countries.” 
Li Zhaoxing, spokesman for National Peoples Congress

“Here I wish to stress that in setting a slightly lower GDP rate, we hope to make it fit with targets in the Twelfth Five-Year Plan, and to guide people in all sectors to focus their work on accelerating the transformation of the pattern of economic development and making economic development more sustainable and efficient, so as to achieve higher level, higher-quality development over a longer period of time.”
Premier Wen Jiabao

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