“Met up with an old friend of mine who is very wealthy. He owns a mid-sized company, is able to blow 200 to 300 thousand on a holiday in Hainan, yet has a belly full of complaints about the country. I asked him why and he said he’s upset because the air is bad and the food isn’t safe, and most importantly, because people have no voice in national and political affairs. As a man, he says it’s good to have ambition, but feels he is powerless to exert an impact on the country. Everyone in China is unhappy today because they don’t feel like they’ve got what they want. That is indeed a problem.”
—Hu Xijin, chief editor of the state-run Global Times, wrote this yesterday in a post on his Weibo account.
Translation by Isabel Quan