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If you like a butterfly, do not chase it. Instead, plant flowers and grass, and the butterfly will come back to you when spring comes and the flowers blossom.

By NewsChina Updated Feb.1

If you like a butterfly, do not chase it. Instead, plant flowers and grass, and the butterfly will come back to you when spring comes and the flowers blossom.”  

Li Jinhua, a horticulture professor at Chongqing-based Southwest University, speaking about his views on love during a lecture on November 18, a video of which went viral among young Chinese 
“As the whole world watches the Sino-US relationship, it would be a glorious thing in the history of table tennis if players can pass on their friendship to the people of the two countries.”  

Liu Guoliang, chairman of the Chinese Table Tennis Association and executive vice-chairman of the International Table Tennis Federation, on Chinese and American table tennis players teaming up in a mixed-doubles event at the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships held in Houston, during an interview with China Central Television on November 25 
“We must consider enterprises’ interests when launching childbirth encouragement polices. We have to take a middle road that considers both sides, or our policies will cause other social issues, such as discrimination against women in the workplace.”  

Mu Guangzong, a professor at the Institute of Population Research, Peking University, on recent policies by many local governments that extend maternity leave, in a column for financial portal Caixin on December 26 
“I wrote a poem saying ‘I am no longer asleep, the waves have lifted me up. ’ I hope that everyone who has suffered gender-based violence will stand up and fight.”  

Han Shimei, a 51-year-old villager from Henan Province, delivering a speech in Beijing on November 25 at the invitation of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), after she gained fame for writing poems and escaping an arranged marriage when she was 19 
“If demand remains lower and the producer price index (PPI) stays higher, mid- and downstream enterprises will face narrowing profit margins. If the economic risk is released too fast, the economy will enter a negative state similar to stagflation featured by low growth and high prices. Its influence, if any, will not be limited to Q4, but will continue into next year.” 
Liu Shijin, vice-director of the Economy Commission of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, at China Macroeconomy Forum (2021-2022) in late November 

“The extension and change of virtual properties will not be limited to present virtual currencies, NFTs and other objects in the metaverse. They can very easily become money laundering tools given their inherent isolation and connectivity with the real world.”  

Gou Wenjun, director of the anti-money laundering center with the People’s Bank of China, saying that the central bank will set up a governance system against using virtual currencies to launder money at the 2021 Lujiazui National Financial Security Summit & the 11th China Anti-Money Laundering Summit Forum held in late November in Shanghai  

“Compared to the other three bay zones (New York Bay, San Francisco Bay and Tokyo Bay), the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has the advantage of ‘One Country, Two Systems, three financial governance frameworks and four core cities’ which provides tremendous space for financial innovation.”  

Ba Shusong, managing director and chief China economist of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Market (HKEX), at the ninth Lingnan Forum hosted by the Guangdong provincial government and Lingnan College, Sun Yat-sen University in late November  

“The core of the ‘common prosperity’ in an economic society is to design ‘game rules’ which enable everyone to fairly participate no matter how they differ from one another. The rules aim to attract everyone to ‘enjoy the game’ rather than make some players feel it’s too hard and quit or even try to destroy it, nor should it punish high-level players and force them out.” 
Li Daokui, director of the Institute for Chinese Economic Practice and Thinking, Tsinghua University on the “common prosperity” concept promoted by the Chinese government, in an interview with China News Service in late November  

“If we had not implemented ‘zero-tolerance’ control measures, China would have seen 47.84 million more people infected and 950,000 more deaths from Covid based on the world’s average morbidity and death rates... and if based on the rates in the US and UK, 204-206 million more people would have been infected and 3.05-3.15 million more would have died.”  

Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, explaining why China insists on strict pandemic controls at the 2022 Caijing Annual Conference held by Caijing magazine in Beijing from November 27-28