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China Speak: Cheating, Whistleblowing & Ponzi Schemes

Photo: A riot in Zhongxiang over cheating prevention measures

Quotes from around China this week

“We want fairness. There is no fairness if you do not let us cheat.”

- A mob of 2,000 parents and students in Zhongxiang in Hubei after independent invigilators strictly (and in some cases invasively) prevented test takers from cheating on the gaokao college entrance exam. The Telegraph

“Winning or losing public support is an issue that concerns the CPC's survival or extinction.”
President Xi Jinpingon the kick-off of the CPC’s “Mass Line” campaign. Xinhua

“The reason is that Chinese people are not trusted.”
Travel agent Li Qi on why Chinese must provide so many documents when applying for visas to Western countries. Global Times  

“China may have invented the whistle, but today’s Communist Party has little appetite for whistleblowers—and Snowden’s popularity as a digital renegade was not going to be allowed to grow forever.”
New Yorker reporter Evan Osnos. The New Yorker

“The government knows some banks are doing things that aren’t prudent. Some of them are taking easy money and putting it in Ponzi schemes. The government is saying, ‘Don’t do that anymore. And don’t count on the government to bail you out.’”
- Yukon Huang, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on China’s banking troubles. New York Times

"Chinese society is strange: people feel if you talk about sad or tragic things it will have even more of a negative impact on society. It's really strange logic. If you can't even face it in a film, how can you face it in reality? If even films cannot refer to [violence], it will always be unfamiliar to us and violent incidents will increase."
- Director Jia Zhangke, whose film A Touch of Sin has been described as ultra-violent. The Guardian


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