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What they say

What They Say

What They Say

By NewsChina Updated Aug.17

It is not a disease to use a mobile phone, but it is to over-use it. With a mobile phone, we no longer fear a late delivery, a bad dish, a long queue or being alone. Any time when we dive into the world of mobile phones, the real world becomes less important.” 

Commentator Tao Shun at China Youth Daily warning that people’s addiction to mobile phones will cut them off from real-world social contact.

“We should be more concerned with the management, protection and legacy of heritage sites. The point isn’t just to get on the World Heritage List.” 

Liu Yuzhu, director of China’s State Administration of Cultural Heritage, reminding local governments that heritage sites are not meant as polish for officials’ resumes. 

“It is too early to conclude whether or not the shared bikes are overburdening cities. As the investors and operators are still looking for a sustainable development model, it is not wise for the government to over-interfere in the process. Let the market decide who will survive.” 

Zhang Ying, professor of the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, on the management of the booming bike-sharing industry.

 “Idiotic nonsense!” 

Wu Qian, spokesman of China’s Ministry of National Defense, on a Japanese military expert’s remark that “Japan can sink China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning within half an hour.”

“The current zhuangyuan [the candidate for national college entrance exam who gets the highest scores in a province or municipality] are all from elite families (like me).” 

Xiong Xuan’ang, this year’s Beijing zhuangyuan, attributing his success to his family’s wealth and Beijing’s extraordinarily abundant education resources. His remark has sparked hot discussion about China’s social mobility.

“The local people’s congresses [China’s local organs of state power] should take charge of supervising the local governments’ power and implementation of laws and regulations instead of helping them misuse their power.” 

Commentator Tan Haojun for Party-owned paper Guangming Daily on the role of the local people’s congresses in managing local government debt. 
“I don’t think that AI will lead to mass unemployment. I think robots will not take over half of the current jobs for at least 30 years , and even then, new jobs arising from high-end service sectors like education, medical care and tourism will absorb the replaced employees.”  

Liang Jianzhang, co-founder and chairman of the board at Ctrip, an online platform that offers hotel reservation and other booking services, countering the idea that AI will make a massive number of people jobless.  
 “When you feel aggrieved at some social phenomenon, it is better to try your best to change it than simply curse about it on your keyboard.” 

Hu Zhengrong, president of Communication University of China, delivering his address at this year’s commencement.  
 “The news that an official’s housekeeper was put into prison for bribery proves that corruption has its fingers in every pie – power has spilled over so much that it has even reached beyond an official’s ordinary social circle.” 

Shen Bin, commentator for Sina News on the news that the housekeeper of Li Yilong, the disgraced former Party secretary of Hengyang, Hunan Province, was sentenced to 16 months for taking a bribe of 200,000 yuan (US$30,800) by exploiting Li’s influence.