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“People in the Asia-Pacific don’t need submarines or gunpowder. They need growth and employment.”

By NewsChina Updated Dec.1

People in the Asia-Pacific don’t need submarines or gunpowder. They need growth and employment.”  

Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, opposing a recent agreement between the US and Britain to help Australia build nuclear-powered submarines, at a press conference on September 22 

“Vanity plays an obvious role in luxury markets, since the products’ uniqueness and scarcity meet the needs of some consumers in the early primary market to prove their self-worth.”  

Zhou Ting, founder and CEO of Shanghai Yaok, a general merchandise supplier, in a recent video for financial news app Caishi 

“Over 90 percent of all enterprises fail during expansion, so we have to take an enterprise’s debt scale and ratio seriously, especially when there are many uncertainties for the future economy. We cannot deal with debts simply or gamble with them.”  

Mao Zhenhua, director of the Institute of Economics, Renmin University of China, at the 2021 annual Chinese Entrepreneur Future Stars Conference hosted by China Entrepreneur magazine on September 11 

“Talks and exchanges are still the only correct and effective way of solving geopolitical conflicts and contradictions.”  

Wang Xuedian, editor-in-chief of Journal of Chinese Humanities, an academic journal with Shandong University, in an interview under China News Service on September 26, one day before the opening of the 7th Nishan Forum on World Civilizations 

“The glaring decline in China’s macroeconomic data cannot be simply explained by the [Covid-19] pandemic or other uncontrollable outside elements such as overseas consumption... The cyclical decline in consumption, combined with structural supply contractions, has imposed an enormous challenge for China to maintain stable economic growth.”  

Wu Ge, chief economist at Changjiang Securities and council member of China Chief Economists Forum, on his public WeChat account 

“Amid the tensions between China and the US, Japan should try to maintain a stable relationship with China. They should smooth, improve and bring new ideas to the Sino-Japanese relationship rather than deteriorate it.”  

Da Zhigang, director of the Northeast Asia Research Institute, Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences, in an interview with State-run newspaper Global Times after Fumio Kishida was elected to lead the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Kishida became Japan’s 100th prime minister on October 4  

“I couldn’t find any Chinese news in English that interests ordinary German readers. Most articles were about China’s self-justification against the West’s fake news about China, which are seen in German media as the Chinese government’s political propaganda.”  

German Sina Weibo user Navina Heyden in a viral post from October 1 on how Chinese media can better reach Westerners  

“We never say our system is best, because we know only [what is] suited is best. Whether it is good or not should not be judged by what we say, but what we do.”  

Qin Gang, Chinese ambassador to the US, in a talk jointly organized by the Carter Center and the George Bush Foundation for US-China Relations on September 22  

“We used to label others politically, and now we label them morally, especially on the internet. People are complex, but we have returned to a simple era where people are stereotyped.”  

Writer A Lai in a September interview with NewsChina’s Chinese edition