To be honest, for a large part of my life, I’ve often felt ashamed for China. I felt ashamed when I was earning just over US$100 overseas in those days and could only afford the cheapest local goods. I feel ashamed when that I don’t have as much freedom of speech as foreign journalists. I feel ashamed when I visit foreign farms and I think of how poor Chinese farmers are. I feel ashamed because of the many corrupt officials in this country. I think that when the Chinese people have pride, it is a very precious thing, and this is why I hope that the media will not destroy whatever little pride that the Chinese have (eg., in the Olympics).
— Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin (胡锡进) on his sense of shame for China. [via]