'Hong Kong and Shanghai are fundamentally different. No matter how rapidly Shanghai grows, it will still practise socialism.' - Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office director Lu Ping, giving assurances that Shanghai will not replace Hong Kong as an international financial centre. 'We have our own agenda and Beijing has its own.' - A senior official of the Shanghai Stock Exchange on the exchange's future directions. 'I have a lot of things to say in my book. By the time it is published, it will clear up lots of queries.' - Bank of East Asia's David Li Kwok-po after everyone concerned vehemently dismissed his claim that the Bank of China had rejected a Hongkong Bank offer of a stake in Hang Seng Bank. 'Anti-competitive, paternalistic and open to abuse by the unscrupulous.' - The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers describing investment restrictions being considered for the Mandatory Provident Fund. 'A beautiful piece of Indonesian policy-making.' - Economist Christianto Wibisono on Indonesia's approval for its specially tax-subsidised 'national' car to be made in South Korea. 'We are not sure whether we are late.' - Castrol China managing director George Webster discussing Castrol's first joint venture in China, where rivals Mobil and Shell already have a presence.