With the successful launch of Shenzhou 9, yet another great step has been made by Chinese space research. This progress has created conditions for China’s overall advancement and China should wisely use opportunities like this to do good for all the people. If China can do space well, it shows that as long as we put our mind to it and work hard, we can solve all of the most complex problems. Let us make that determination! May our astronauts complete their mission and come back safely.
When his remarks ignited an avalanche of criticism and debate, he followed up with a word of advice to critics:
If you’re happy for the successful launch of Shenzhou 9, you’re a normal Chinese person. If you have not the slightest care for it, you are also a normal Chinese person. But if it has made you unhappy, or even angry, my advice to you is to get your heads checked. Because you’re probably very special, often depressed, and seldom happy. This can’t be good for your health.