"Hong Kong is now at a major crossroads. Whether there are now too many tourists or investors from the mainland is an issue to be considered by the whole of society. It also requires talks between the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the central government in order to find a win-win solution." ——Tien Pei-Chun, a member of the CPPCC National Committee and leader of the Hong Kong Liberal Party.
"Cycling is the most environmentally friendly and energy-saving way of commuting. I will ride a bike to all the NPC sessions during my tenure." ——Wu Bixia, a deputy to the National People’s Congress and professor at the Voice and Opera Department at the Central Conservatory of Music.
"The fight against smog also requires us to root out the hidden corruption behind the failure in government supervision, as well as bringing down both ’tigers’ and ’flies’. -- Sun Taili, a member of the CPPCC National Committee and chairman of the board of the Qingda Group, referring to the established metaphors for senior and low-ranking officials involved in corruption.
"As to many people filing for divorce to avoid taxes (the 20 percent personal income tax on capital gains from property sales), I think that when a policy results in such a social tragicomedy, it must be a flawed policy."--LOU JIWEI, minister of finance.
"Our country owes too much economic debt to the laborers at the bottom level. The lack of care about them economically creates an uneasy situation for the country." --LIANG XIAOSHENG, a member of the CPPCC National Committee, novelist and screenwriter.
"My criticism is very candid: The reform plan on gaokao (college entrance examination) is merely symbolic and can hardly solve the problems. Some plans have been proposed in haste and without any research. Whoever shouts the loudest has the final say." --GE JIANXIONG, a member of the CPPCC National Committee and professor of historical geography at Fudan University.
"Everybody should now understand that a safe milk supply is not only necessary for each family but also for the State’s safety." --NIU DUN, a member of the CPPCC National Committee and vice-minister of agriculture.
Premier Li has clearly articulated the Chinese leadership’s determination to carry out important and comprehensive economic, social and governmental administrative reforms. It is evident from the report that China places high priority on seeking continued development while maintaining overall stability. --STANLEY LOH, ambassador of Singapore
We are pleased that Li is really going to deepen the international ties of China, especially the economic side, opening up the economy for foreign investment, facilitating procedures for small and medium business. --MARCO VINICIO RUIZ, ambassador of Costa Rica
I think the leadership has a good assessment of the problems, particularly in the economic area, and how to resolve them. I wish them every success because if China is successful, the rest of the world will also benefit. --GUY SAINT-JACQUES, ambassador of Canada
The silent tribute paid to the victims of the Kunming attack on Saturday before the Government Work Report moved me very much, and from it I felt the Chinese people’s deep respect and love for the lives lost. --KWON YOUNG-SE, ambassador of ROK
It was very impressive because the premier talked about the nation’s needs. It’s very important