Friday, January 15, 2010

China Daily: Top 10 quotes from Chinese government officials in 2009

By Zuo Likun (
Updated: 2010-01-15 06:17

China Daily Editor's Note: There were officials whose inappropriate remarks stunned us, but there were also officials whose utterances reflected or supported public sentiments. The following ten, as selected by, belong to the voices that energize and inspire. [The Top 10 Everything of 2009]

1 "Law enforcement officers must behave themselves, overpower the bad elements and back the common people."

- Bo Xilai, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Secretary of the CPC Chongqing Committee, about the crackdown on gangsters under way since March in the southwestern China municipality

2 "People suffer if you don't address the problems that ail them."

- Zhao Huiling, deputy director of the anti-vice office of the State Department and director of the anti-vice office of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, on corruption during a July interview

3 "We should take heed of - and take care of - those who are down to earth, well-disciplined and refuse to fawn over their superiors."

- Li Yuanchao, head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee, at a cadre training session in Beijing in November

4 "People curse you with mom's name. At least they still see you as a kind of mom (caretaker)."

- Chen Guohua, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Taizhou Committee and secretary of the CPC Taizhou Committee for Disciplinary Inspection, in a Feb 3 entry on his blog, using a Chinese pun that includes the word "mom" in badmouthing

5 "The Internet is the modern-day platform for officials to conduct anonymous investigations."

- Wang Jinshan, secretary of the Anhui provincial Party committee, at a meeting with provincial officials on Internet communications in November

6 "Be politically clear and financially clean."

- Meng Jianzhu, China's State councilor and public security minister, at an April 7 training session in Beijing for national and county security officers

7 "County party secretaries should be less on the TV and more in the field, less like a (domineering) head of household and more like a (democratic) class president."

- Zhang Chunxian, secretary of the Hunan provincial Party committee and director of the Standing Committee of the Hunan Provincial People's Congress, at a training session for provincial county party secretaries on July 21

8 "Beware of the clan power and evil forces like gangs that may intrude on farmers' land rights."

- Xu Shaoshi, a minister with the Ministry of Land and Resources, at a land reform conference in Chengdu in southwestern China on June 9

9 "If the government is a computer; the supervisory organs should be its anti-virus software."

- Ma Wen, head of the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention and Minister of Supervision of China, during an interview in September

10 "When improving the 'soft' environment (of our policy, culture, law and government system), we should be cautious that good policies won't die out in execution like the necrosis of terminal nerves."

- Wang Min, secretary of the Liaoning provincial Party committee and former secretary of the Jilin provincial Party committee, at a Jilin provincial video conference on April 9

Rightardia comment: It is clear that Chinese government and culture are very different from those in the US. Translating Chinese to English is also problematic.


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