"They have achieved such rapid growth and they have grown so fast, almost on steroids. There’s a part of them that still thinks of themselves as this poor country, that’s got all these problems: ‘The United States is the big cheese out there, trying to dictate things, perhaps trying to contain our rise.’ And so I think what you’re seeing inside of Chinese leadership is the desire to maybe continue not to be responsible, not to be a full stakeholder, work the international system on something like trade or intellectual property rights, get as much as they can. … At the same time, a growing nationalist pride where they say, ‘Yeah, we’re big too and we should be seen as equals on the world stage."
— President Obama spoke with PBS’ Charlie Rose about China’s rise on Monday night. (via cbrmagazine)
"We have rapidly gone from cyber not being mentioned in public to being discussed politely in private and now being smack bang at the top of the public agenda."
— John Podesta, chairman of the Center for American Progress, told the Financial Times. (via cbrmagazine)
"I have always thought that something big should happen between China and the United States. There’s too much pork in the U.S. and too little in China."
— Joseph W. Luter III, chairman of Smithfield Foods, told the Wall Street Journal. Read more about how the deal between Smithfield and Shuanghui International Holdings took shape over time. (via cbrmagazine)
"In the race to be the world’s dominant economy, Americans have at least one clear advantage over the Chinese. We’re much better at branding."
— New York Times Op-Ed Columnist David Brooks. (via cbrmagazine)