The real economy continues to slide, while real estate and finance have made the biggest ever contributors to economic growth. It means that the Chinese economy has been relying too much on these two industries.”
Fan Jianping, chief economist at the State Information Center, talking about the risks facing the Chinese economy.
“Currently, China is the world’s biggest discharger of nearly all the gas pollutants, including carbon dioxide. Our atmosphere is under unprecedented pressure.”
Wang Jinnan, chief engineer and deputy director of the Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning, warning against China’s deteriorating air quality.
“The problem of the Chinese economy does not lie in the growth rate, but in the risk of over-stimulation, the poor implementation of reform, and too much government interference in the market.”
Xu Zhong, director of the research bureau of the People’s Bank of China, arguing that China has done a poor job in the marketization of the economy and enforcing the rule of law during supply-side reform which the central government initiated in early 2016.
“The child laborers [who refused to go to school] have unveiled the imbalance in development and distribution of education resources between regions. They will continue to occur if the government fails to increase its role in rural education.”
Southern Metropolis Daily commenting on the recent news that many children from Yunnan Province came to the underground clothing plants in Changshu, Jiangsu Province, to do hard labor, believing “education is useless.”
“I have done a good job as an official, and if I continue to stay, the experience will mean nothing good but lengthening my resume… In Badong, I can make neither contributions nor mistakes by doing nothing but play up to the leaders while hiding behind a mask. This is the logic some officials apply to being an official.”
Chen Xingjia, former Party Secretary of Badong, Hubei Province, who is well known online for his high profile and frankness, explaining his resignation.
“China’s new urbanization should focus on the people, which is in nature a re-distribution of resources… During this process, the costs and benefits of the reform should be shared by the central and the local governments, and between the government and individuals.”
At the seventh summit of news portal Caixin, Cai Fang, deputy director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, warning against a decrease in the number of migrant workers due to unfair treatment in the cities, which he believes will lead to early de-urbanization.
“We have to first clarify the role and the status of the private economy. Is it a dissident, a supplement, a necessary component or a pillar? As the national economy keeps developing, I think it should and will necessarily become a principal part of the whole economy.”
Tian Wenchang, honorary director of the Beijing-based King & Capital law firm, appealing for the government to discard the idea that the private economy is inherently sinful and to treat private firms and State-owned enterprises equally.
“Their lack of self-confidence and reliance on the government system have made them prefer a static and passive sense of security rather than going out and actively and dynamically seeking it. Such a ‘sense of security’ as provided by the system has given government positions the label of ‘security for life.’”
Commentator Wang Xiuning analyzing the fever among young people taking the national exam for entry to government departments.
“There are multiple responsibilities that come with the form of address ‘Comrade’ [such as supervising each other rather than just sucking up to one’s seniors]. It needs practical actions, not merely a change in the form of address.”
Commentator Wang Shichuan on local Party members in Xinxiang City government in Henan Province being required to call each other ‘Comrade,’ instead of using position titles.