"Many economic problems that we face are actually political problems in disguise."
- ZHANG MINGa political scientist at Renmin University in Beijing, on China' s slowing economic growth amid recent political upheaval
"Just as China news services cover the world freely, we would expect that same freedom in China for any al-Jazeera journalist."
- SALAH NEGMdirector of news at al-Jazeera English, which closed its Beijing bureau after Chinese authorities refused to renew the press credentials of its correspondent or grant a visa for a replacement
"China demands that the U.S. apologize over this, thoroughly investigate this incident, punish those who are responsible, and give assurances that such incidents will not recur."
- LIU WEIMIa spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, as activist Chen Guangcheng left the U.S. Embassy Wednesday and is set to reunite with his family
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