|(The world) is going through a period when global economic development faces severe challenges from the international financial turmoil, the serious problems concerning energy and food security, and greater inflationary pressure.
-- Chinese President Hu Jintao
For China, this has been a special year. We experienced two major events. One was the devastating earthquake in Wenchuan...The other was the successful hosting of the Beijing Olympic Games.
--Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao