Milk powder, GM food and pollution: Interesting quotes from NPC

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 March, 2013, 5:51pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 March, 2013, 6:27pm

"We must pay attention to the problems triggered by curbs on milk powder transportation and respond to people's concerns on the issue."

Yu Zhengsheng, Standing Committee member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, on milk powder issue. 


“The situation [in Xinjiang] is still ‘severe’, but generally speaking, I believe it is becoming more stable.”

Zhang Chunxian, party secretary of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, on ethnic relations.


“There are still a few people inciting and provoking conflicts between people of different ethnicities. [We] need to be alert to the evil intentions behind their plots.

Nur Bekri, chairman of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, on ethnic relations.


“Up till now, I have never heard of anyone suffering ill effects from eating genetically modified food.”

Chen Xiwen, deputy director of the Office of Central Rural Work Leading Group, on food safety.


“Some low-level officials are still hesitating about whether to report epidemics. We need to change that mindset.”

Zhong Nanshan, renowned respiratory disease expert, on health issues.


“A 7 or 8 per cent GDP increase is becoming the norm. Urbanisation should not follow old development modes, which lead to local government overspending and may in turn eventually lead to financial crisis.”

Li Yining, renowned economist, on economic development.


“In the face of a widening chasm between rich and poor, people must prosper together. Entrepreneurs should share their profits with employees and take care of their employee’s children’s education.”

Zong Qinghou, chairman and chief executive officer of the Hangzhou Wahaha Group, on economic development: 


“I propose to set a 75 per cent value-added tax on closely monitored polluting enterprises, the proceeds of which can be used in part by local government as an environmental protection fund.”

Chen Guoying, secretary of the leading party members’ group of Henan Provincial Environmental Protection Department, on environmental protection: 


“Underground water pollution is a growing problem – from urban to rural, from shallow water to deep water.”

Du Ying, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, on underground water pollution: