China Quotes

“Wild drinking, disturbance, gambling, drug-taking, lecherous acts, prostitution, obscene and superstitious painting, calligraphy, and videotape recordings disseminating and projecting are strictly forbidden. Guns, bullets, explosives, poisonous and radiative items (including inflammable chemical items) are not allowed inside the hotel.The use of electric stoves, irons, ovens and other electronic
equipment is not allowed. Copymachines, telex, and other office facilities can not be installed without approval. Raising birds, poultry, and livestock is forbidden within the room.”

-The Wall Street Journal quoting signs seen in a hotel in western China

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“It’s astonishing that today’s Chinese, heirs to one of the world’s greatest civilizations, should find themselves embracing a hollow form of nationalism–one devoid of ideals and inspiring principles–that is little more than racist passion”

-Lucian Pye, Professor Emeritus, MIT

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“Western hostile forces have not for a moment abandoned their plot to ‘Westernize’ and divide our country.”

-Jiang Zemin, President, P.R. China

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“When my wife was teaching in Taiwan, whenever she started lecturing to her students about morality or personal values, they would immediately raise a protest: ‘We don’t want to learn about how to live, we want to learn how to get high marks on our examinations.’ But this is nothing compared to children on the Chinese mainland, who grow up learning how to fight with each other, subject each other to psychological torture in ‘struggle’ sessions, cheat and swindle, and betray their parents and friends. Is this the purpose of an education? I tremble to think what will happen when this generation grows up.”

“Chinese people are notorious for quarreling and squabbling among themselves. A Japanese person all by himself is no better than a pig, but three Japanese together are as awesome as a dragon. The Japanese people’s ability to cooperate makes them almost invincible, and in neither commerce or war can the Chinese ever dream of competing with them.”

“Chinese people’s inability to cooperate, and their predilection for bickering among themselves, are deep-rooted, harmful traits. These behavior patterns cannot be traced to any inherent flaws in the Chinese national character, but rather are symptoms of an infection spread by the virus of traditional Chinese culture, that causes us to act in ways we can neither control nor conceal.”

“Thus it is often said that Chinese are addicted to bragging, boasting, lying, equivocating, and worst of all, slandering others. For years Chinese have been going on about the supreme greatness of China, and making extravagant claims about how Chinese culture can make the world a better place to live in. But because these daydreams never come true, all of this is pure rubbish.”

“Because Chinese people are incapable of independent thought, they have developed bad taste and poor judgment: they muddle the distinctions between right and wrong; and they have no permanent standards of behavior. I repeat: we must examine Chinese culture if we want to explain what is wrong with China today.”

“Chinese people go overboard with their patriotism, to the point where even the most trivial act is a matter of patriotism. As a result of ‘loving their country’ so much, they have literally loved China to death. They ought to stop loving China so much. China doesn’t need that much love. Or if Chinese have some energy left over, they ought to spend it loving themselves, making themselves better people. True patriotism begins with loving and respecting yourself.”

“It is this constant suspicion of other people’s motives that has made Chinese people as spineless as a ‘bowl of sand’, to borrow a phrase from Sun Yat-sen.”

-Bo Yang, The Ugly Chinaman And The Crisis Of Chinese Culture

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“I hate this fuckin’ place”

– Stage technician for the Christina Aguilera concert in Shanghai, on his first day, after a fight with a crowd wanting his stage pass.

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“Keeping foreigners out of certain business areas, playing them off against one another, threatening to deny business opportunities to those whose governments harass Beijing–none of these are new policies of the Chinese government. Rather, they are part of highly evolved and generally successful traditions.”

-Burnstein & de Keijzer, Big Dragon: China’s Future

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“I’m convinced after spending three weeks in China and Tibet, unless the United States gets its act together, our grandchildren will be living in a world dominated by the People’s Republic. China is simply inexorable in its pursuit of wealth, growth and power. It cares little about human rights, democracy, labor protections, fair trade rules or the environment. It is relentless in advancing its national interests.”

– Mort Kondracke, Roll Call

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“The next time somebody tells you China has 5000 years of history, ask them if they think that’s already enough. China has had a good run, but what’s the point of it going on for any longer? If China was a sitcom it would be in its 17th season by now, and would have jumped the shark a long time ago.”

Yellow Wings

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‘If we want to progress and not regress, we must have new ideas of our own all the time, or at least new ideas from the outside. With all these scruples, misgivings, and petty rules, this horror of offending our ancestors, this dread of behaving like barbarians, this perpetual sense of treading on thin ice, this constant fear and trembling, how can we ever do anything worthwhile?”

-Lu Hsun (1881-1936), Novelist

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Those who deal with China should realize that today it is a frontier country, looking into the future while remaining rooted in the past. In any frontier society, nothing is certain and everything is possible.”

-Franz Schurmann, World Business

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“I always say to our ministers: ‘Go less to karaoke and learn more history and literature.'”

-Jiang Zemin, President, P.R. China

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“Unification of corporate income tax will not have a big impact on foreign companies because the extra tax burden caused by the change will be easily offset by the profits they earn in China.”

-Finance Minister Jin Renqing

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“If they increase IPR protections, this is of no benefit to China, only to foreign copyright-holders. If they go and protect these, then China’s own IPR sector will not be allowed to develop and become competitive.”

Zhang Zhifeng, China Intellectual Property Society

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“The next time a Chinese person claims that China invented something ridiculous like oxygen, take them to a nearby toilet and point to a recently laid turd you’ve just pushed out. That’ll prove there’s at least one thing in this world that China can’t take credit for inventing.”

Yellow Wings

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In China, we don’t have software blocking Internet sites. Sometimes we have trouble accessing them. But that’s a different problem… I’m sure I don’t know why people say this kind of thing. We do not have restrictions at all… Some people say that there are journalists in China that have been arrested. We have hundreds of journalists in China, and some of them have legal problems. It has nothing to do with freedom of expression.

Unnamed Chinese Government Official

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It doesn’t matter whether it is a black cat, or a white cat, as long as you can shove a stick up it’s arse, and sell it as a lamb kebab.

MyLaowai

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“China has always unwaveringly taken the path of peaceful development. We will not participate in any form of arms race and do not constitute a threat to any country.”

-Hu Changming, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defence

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“I may sound like a complete Luddite, but I have LONG questioned the wisdom of foreign firms locating factories in China and exposing themselves to the risk of piracy, counterfeiting and other forms of technology transfer. This is an authoritarian country where organs are harvested from prisoners who are still alive.”

-Yves Smith, of the blog Naked Capitalism


“Because of their ignorance of the size of the earth and the exaggerated opinion they have of themselves, the Chinese are of the opinion that only China among the nations is deserving of admiration. Relative to the grandeur of empire, of public administration and of reputation for learning, they look upon all other people not only as barbarous but as unreasoning animals. To them there is no other place on earth that can boast of a king, of a dynasty, or of culture. The more their pride is inflated by this ignorance, the more humiliated they become when the truth is revealed.”

Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci (1552–1610)

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