In the thirty years before the reform and opening up, the total number of non-normal deaths resulting from political causes was 50 million. That’s 160 times the number of people died from the Nanjing Massacre. Throughout this period, there was not a single foreign soldier that stepped on Chinese soil. Since the reform and opening up, there has been a huge improvement in Chinese human rights. Now, even if you want to kill a Wu Ying, it’s become very difficult because there is now a respect for life. What we need to do now is to have this respect for human rights written into the law. In any situation, we must look at the most important facts. And only after you’ve accounted for the dead people can you talk about anything else.
— Economist Mao Yushi (茅于轼) on political murders, Wu Ying and human rights