Beijing Quotes

Beijing Quotes by Andrew Lau, Reinhold Messner, Ellie Simmonds, Abhinav Bindra, Joe Biden, Ai Weiwei and many others.

I am not so famous. I’m known in a few countries like Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and around the Alps. Some climbers in Beijing know my name, and some in America, but I am not really famous. It’s very relative, my fame.
My school have been so supportive in the balance between my sport and my studying, ever since I won the two golds in Beijing.
After I won in Beijing I chatted with a lot of Indian athletes and they were interested and keen to know what I did. They all thought that I had some sort of secret for success, but I just wanted them to understand and realize that the biggest secret is: there is no secret.
The Chinese have figured out that they have a giant environmental problem. Folks in Beijing, some days, literally can’t breathe. Over a million Chinese die prematurely every year because of air pollution.
The Beijing Olympics and the Shanghai World Expo show just how much effort China is willing to spend to enter the global stage. But while China desires to understand the world, it fails to accept its universal values.
I have a lot of bitter memories from Beijing. Hopefully, we can erase those memories and bring the gold back to Japan.
We must be sure that Canadians realize that our political differences with the Communist government in China has nothing to do with the country of China, or its people. The millions of Canadians with Chinese ancestry are not connected to our diplomatic differences with Beijing.
Erin O’Toole
By tradition, Beijing is a city of walls, sheltering its intrigues and ambitions behind a series of concentric barriers from the Great Wall down to courtyard homes that draw sunlight only from the gardens at their core.
Beijing would indeed consider vetoing any American effort to sanction Iran at the Security Council.
Chia Chang, the Washington correspondent for the privately owned Taipei news organizationUnited Daily News,’ was told to leave the ICAO building after producing a Taiwanese passport to ICAO media accreditation officials. Canada recognizes Taiwanese passports. Beijing does not.
In Beijing when the Chinese athletes had a massive roar that gave me a buzz pretending they were shouting for me.
Since the Beijing Olympics in 2008, our office has been discussing how we can make architecture more human and at one with nature. We need to ask ourselves, what legacy do we want to leave behind on humankind‘s urban culture?
To win more medals at Beijing is just fantastic, and British cycling has come a huge way in the last few years.
When you live in Beijing for a while, you gain a finely tuned understanding of air.
China has some cities, traditional cities, with a long history. They are so beautiful, and they were planned so smartly. I call them gardens on the city scale. For example, Beijing has mountains, waters, lakes, bridges, towers. It was a very poetic city.
I’ll always be on the move for peace in the Korean peninsula. If necessary, I will fly straight to Washington. I will go to Beijing and Tokyo and, if the conditions allow, to Pyongyang as well.
We sincerely ask the Beijing authorities across the Strait to view the election result from a positive perspective, to accept the democratic decision of the Taiwanese people.
Our policy for the last many years has been to deter the Chinese government in Beijing from ever coming into the position where they thought they had enough leverage over the U.S. to cross the Straits of Taiwan.
When I moved to Beijing in 2005 to write, I was accustomed to hearing the story of China’s transformation told in vast, sweeping strokesinvolving one fifth of humanity and great pivots of politics and economics.
I was born in Beijing and raised in England and America. I studied political science in college and film in graduate school in New York.
Ask yourself: if I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn’t I have flown directly into Beijing? I could be living in a palace petting a phoenix by now.
Beijing cannot sit by and let her North Korean ally be bombed, nor can it allow U.S. and South Korean forces to defeat the North, bring down the regime, and unite the peninsula, with U.S. and South Korean soldiers sitting on the Yalu, as they did in 1950 before Mao ordered his Chinese army into Korea.
There are no ethical boundaries to Beijing’s pursuit of power.
You walk into the playgrounds in Shanghai and Beijing, and you see youngsters who are shorter, shaking and baking and having attitude. And Jeremy Lin is going to inspire all of them.
I had a good chance when I went to Beijing and the guy who beat me, I’d beaten him three weeks before and he went on to win silver.
In traditional cities like Beijing, Nanjing, and Hangzhou, nature was a very important part of urban planning – not only as a landscape but a part of daily life.
So, I lived at the Beijing Opera, I ate there, I learned a craft. And the money we made went into the company.
What’s interesting is whilst Shanghai has gone stellar – literally, in these massive buildings which have appeared since I first visited – Beijing has become a much more vibrant and interesting place. A lot more business is done here.
Thousands of dedicated men and women in the intelligence community and law enforcement are working tirelessly to prevent the subversion of our democratic processes by Beijing, Moscow and Tehran.
Robert C. O’Brien
In the final years of his life, when former Communist Party Chief Zhao Ziyang lived under house arrest, in Beijing, his aging friends resorted to donning white doctorscoats in order to slip past the guards stationed outside his home.
The WHO is China-centric and panders to Beijing at every turn. There is no reason U.S. taxpayers should contribute more than $400 million annually to an organization that covered for China and failed to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When we were in Beijing, they were all “it’s an honor, you’re playing at the oldest rock club in Beijing”. And I was all “oh crazy how old is it?” And then were all: “5 years old.”Asia is just very different.
In my case it was a sustained effort. I was fortunate to have the backing of my parents to start off with and towards the Beijing Olympics the Mittal Champions Trust came into the picture and they helped me a lot.
I have bronze in Beijing, silver in London, and now gold in Rio. It is the perfect story.
Dalai Lama was leading his country during the rigors of World War II, he was in Beijing for a year in 1954; he was up against Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai from the time that he was fifteen. So he’s no newcomer or naive when it comes to politics.
When Hillary was First Lady, we went to the Beijing Women’s Conference. She courageously stood up and spoke out on behalf of human rights and women’s rights, inspiring millions to fight for a better future.
In my fifth year in Beijing, I moved into a one-story brick house beside the Confucius Temple, a seven-hundred-year-old shrine to China’s most important philosopher.
I took my little brother, and we went from Beijing to Ulan Bator, and then took a helicopter to the southern Gobi. Streams, grass, and sand dunes to climb. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Everybody needs to go to Mongolia just to see what it is to be a human being again.
Half of the days in 2014, I had to confine my daughter to my home like a prisoner because the air quality in Beijing was so poor. One morning, I saw my daughter banging on the window… The day will come when she asks me, ‘Why do you keep me here? What is going to hurt me when I go outside?’
I think the biggest thing was that I was putting pressure on myself leading up to Beijing. Now I am learning how to take that pressure off and seeing this as an incredible opportunity, but not like, ‘I absolutely have to medal.’
Beijing has shown how to tackle air pollution by using smog towers.
During the six years I spent writing my novel ‘The Incarnations,’ I lived in seven cities in four countries. I moved in and out of 17 different houses and flats in Beijing, Seoul, Colorado, Boston, Leeds, Washington D.C., London and Shenzhen.
Edward Snowden may not be a Chinese mole, but he might as well be. He’s just handed Beijing a major score, while the NSA struggles to pick up the pieces – and the rest of us pay the price in terms of future national security.
No matter where I go – London, Beirut, Jerusalem, Washington, Beijing, or Bangalore – I’m always looking to rediscover that land of ten thousand lakes where politics actually worked to make people’s lives better, not pull them apart.
Beijing intends to dominate the U.S. and the rest of the planet economically, militarily and technologically.
My daughter’s got a smartphone in her hand with roughly the same power as a mainframe circa 1982, and she’s running around Beijing and wants an answer as fast as she can.
The Beijing Olympics represent China’s grand entrance onto the world stage and confirmation of its new superpower status.
While I was writing ‘Stick Out Your Tongue‘ in Beijing, the police began knocking on my door again. As soon as I finished the book, I moved to Hong Kong so that I could work undisturbed on my next novel.
I’m confident I can take the gold in Beijing.
Beijing has a glut of charming and traditional or brash and luxurious places to stay.
In 2007, as a condition for hosting the Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese government removed restrictions barring Beijing-based journalists from leaving the capital without prior written permission.
I had a great season and truly enjoyed competing around the world – from Monaco, where I managed to establish a world record, to Beijing, where I finally captured my first world outdoor title.
You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can’t visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally.
Beijing was such a different city. There were so few cars, I could walk in the middle of the road. In the summer, the streetlamps attracted swirling bugs. I loved those bugs: crickets, praying mantis, all kinds of beetles. I also have a vivid memory of dazzling sunlight coming out of the sky.
Tiananmen Square in early 1989 attracted many dreamers like Ma Jian, who returned from Hong Kong to a one-room shack in Beijing in order to join the student protests.
Cities really are mental conditions. Beijing is a nightmare. A constant nightmare.
My goal is to get on the national team. People joke that we’ll be able to go to Beijing in 2008, but it’s just jokes right now. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it a reality.
Lindsay Thompson
For inspiration, we still demand the rhetorical high notes. Clinton has hit them before, in her speech in Beijing as first lady when she said, ‘Women’s rights are human rights,’ and in her 2008 concession speech, when she talked about the ’18 million cracks‘ in the glass ceiling.
Beijing has a history of ignoring the rules. It takes pride in it.
Erin O’Toole
My first trip to China was in 1975 when my father was the ‘bicycling ambassadorrepresenting the U.S. in Beijing. This was a time towards the end of the Cultural Revolution where there were very few personal liberties, China was pretty much closed off to the West.
Go walk the streets of Beijing. It’s pretty hard to argue it isn’t a modern city. Now, if you go outside [of Beijing], in the rural areas, that’s true. But rural America, you can say the same thing, in Appalachia there’s an awful lot of poverty and lack of education.
While we do not want war, we will not tolerate any bullying by Beijing.
The police force has repeatedly demonstrated an inability and unwillingness to carry out its fundamental mandate: to serve and protect the people of Hong Kong. It has been reduced to a mere instrument of repression subservient to the political agenda of Beijing’s regime in Hong Kong.
Living in Beijing, writing about politically sensitive things now and then, you get used to the idea that somebody, somewhere, might be watching. But it is usually an abstract threat.
The Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations all fell victim to chronically relying on Beijing’s empty promises with the distant hope that China would finally use its influence to reign in Pyongyang’s provocative behavior, to no avail.
I was a pretty free-spirited kid. I was part of a notorious group of troublemakers who didn’t do well in school but had a great time exploring Beijing from the inside out.
When I see someone from Beijing owning 50 houses in Auckland I don’t think that’s neo-racist
Winston Peters
In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth women are not merelytolerated“, they are valued.
I grew up in the old neighborhood of Beijing where you had a courtyard and trees. Actually, the whole of Beijing was a garden – the Forbidden City – and the lakes and gardens in the city center were all artificial.
This week, the world gathers in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic games. This is the extraordinary moment China has been dreaming of for 100 years. People have been longing for this moment, because it symbolises a turning point in China’s relationship with the outside world.
Most descriptions make Beijing sound overbuilt: not a blade of grass left.
From B.A. to M.A. and on to Ph.D., my academic career was all smooth sailing. Upon receiving my degrees, I stayed on to teach at Beijing Normal University.
Imperfect though it may be, the Beijing Platform for Action is the strongest statement of consensus on women’s equality, empowerment and justice ever produced by governments.
Back in 2014, my fellow Hong Kongers and I hoped to use nonviolent means to fight for our territory‘s democratic system – a simple right, promised by Beijing, to choose our own leader.
I think it is going to be wonderful. I went to the Paralympics in Beijing and have seen how brilliant the sport is at first hand. People are going to love it. It is going to change people’s attitudes to Paralympians and it is going to be a great show.
By 2040, the Sahara will be moving into Europe and Berlin will be as hot as Baghdad. Atlanta will end up a kudzu jungle. Phoenix will become uninhabitable, as will parts of Beijing (desert), Miami (rising seas) and London (floods). Food shortages will drive millions of people north, raising political tensions.
I wanted to do something far from my intellectual and physical home, so I went to live in Beijing for eight months and took Mandarin Chinese.
In Beijing, the joke among hacks is that, after the drive in from the airport, you are ready to write a column; after a month, you feel the stirrings of an idea-book; but after a year, you struggle to write anything at all, because you’ve finally discovered just how much you don’t know.
I used to see Estee Lauder’s ads everywhere in the subways of Beijing, and I thought how wonderful it would be if the model on them was myself!
I left Beijing in 1987, shortly before my books were banned there, but have returned continually.
The defining issue is that the government in Taiwan was considered to be the government of all of China, and the authorities in Beijing were not recognized as a government of China. So Taiwan was the residuary for all of China.
Surveys show our standing around the world is higher than when I was elected to this office, and when it comes to every important international issue, people of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead – they call us.
The ‘Great Walk to Beijing’ was a fundraiser for my cancer center. It was a three-week trek with fellow cancer ‘thrivers,’ including celebrities ranging from Joan Rivers to Leeza Gibbons and Olympians.
Beijing’s imperial reach extends far and wide, from Taiwan and Xinjiang to the South China Sea and beyond.
I’m optimistic Hong Kong will achieve universal suffrage – no matter the attitude of Beijing.
Beijing is an example of [families were displaced for the Olympics]. Something like 10,000 families were moved out.
Space is about 100 kilometers away. That’s far away—I wouldn’t want to climb a ladder to get there—but it isn’t that far away. If you’re in Sacramento, Seattle, Canberra, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Phnom Penh, Cairo, Beijing, central Japan, central Sri Lanka, or Portland, space is closer than the sea.
Like in Athens, it went by so fast and I mean, I remember it being like the best trip ever. And I am so excited for Beijing. Like at Opening Ceremonies when you walk out with your whole team and you are all marching and they light the torch, I mean – it is so exciting.
I need to open a restaurant, a big soul food restaurant in Beijing!
Beijing’s Olympics were very grand – they were trying to throw a party for the world, but the hosts didn’t enjoy it. The government didn’t care about people’s feelings because it was trying to create an image.
I went to Beijing for the Olympics and was literally right across the track from Usain Bolt. And when he gets to full stride, for every two steps the other guy’s taking, he’s just taking one.
Beijing is preparing for an open-ended period of confrontation with the U.S. Washington should also be prepared. Leaders must work across partisan divides to understand the threat, speak about it openly, and take action to address it.
Coming to Beijing, throughout all of what has happened and the success I have gained, I look at it as I was just fortunate and blessed.
Beijing residents joke that to get a free smoke all they have to do is open their windows!
Already 2008 has proved a tumultuous year in terms of global perceptions of China, and there are still 59 days to go until the Beijing Olympics. The tragedy of the Sichuan earthquake followed hard on the heels of the riots in Tibet and the demonstrations surrounding the Olympic torch relay.
For Dad, service took him many unexpected places. It summoned him and his crew mates to the skies over the Pacific Ocean in World War II. It took him to Capitol Hill, Beijing and eventually the Oval Office.
Our real debt ceiling isn’t decided by Washington; it’s decided by Beijing.
I came back [to Beijing ] because that’s the only time I had an excuse to come back, or otherwise I would never have a reason to come back.
Every case involving cybercrime that I’ve been involved in, I’ve never found a master criminal sitting somewhere in Russia or Hong Kong or Beijing. It always ends up that somebody at the company did something they weren’t supposed to do. They read an email, went to a website they weren’t supposed to.
Beijing Coma took me 10 years to finish.
I believe AI and its benefits have no borders. Whether a breakthrough occurs in Silicon Valley, Beijing, or anywhere else, it has the potential to make everyone‘s life better for the entire world.
I feel very sorry for the one or two North Korean defectors who were caught by Chinese police while entering South Korean or foreign embassies in Beijing, but their arrest drew the whole attention of the world.
But my comedy hero was Stephen Chow. His deadpan comedy, all the stuff he wrote like ‘From Beijing with Love,’ it’s incredibly funny.
Geopolitical drama lessened but did not die after the Cold War; in 2008, the specter of thousands of seeming automatons banging drums at the opening of the Beijing Games frightened and enthralled the world, reminding us that China was a nation on the rise, a competitor for global dominance.
I grew up in Beijing, and there weren’t many modern buildings during my childhood. I was influenced by traditional culture – the courtyards, the hutongs, the old city, and all the art forms – so, very naturally, I brought this to my practice.
President Obama is in China now for an economic summit in Beijing. The president wore a traditional purple silk shirt along with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin. That’s after they taught Putin how to put a shirt ON.
Up until Beijing where I had my greatest victory, I had trained for 16 years of life with a singular goal and singular obsession that I wanted to win gold medal at the Olympics.
Children whose developing lungs are particularly vulnerable suffer the most from air pollution. For children, breathing the air in cities with the worst pollution, such as Beijing, Calcutta, Mexico City, Shanghai, and Tehran, is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.
The “Great Walk to Beijing” was a fundraiser for my cancer center. It was a three-week trek with fellow cancer “thrivers,” including celebrities ranging from Joan Rivers to Leeza Gibbons, and Olympians.
If you live in the States, you see the windmill signal on your smartphone all the time. It’s like living in Beijing air. You have to remember the blue sky.
The heaviest snowfall in over 60 years is being reported in Beijing, China. To give you an idea of how bad it is, the army is now using snowplows to run over dissidents.
Beijing is on the move in Africa – using aid, diplomacy, weapons sales and Chinese ex pats in a bid to become the preeminent power in the region.
Robert C. O’Brien
Squash has the credentials to become an olympic event and our goal is to see the sport in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. We are working towards this and will keep trying even if our bid is not successful.
While Google no longer has a search engine operation inside China, it has maintained a large presence in Beijing and Shanghai focused on research and development, advertising sales, and mobile platform development.
When I went to Beijing, my goal was to do the best with every shot. The outcome was not important, the process was.
In Athens I was 17 and I didn’t have any expectations. I was just swimming fast and racing everybody. I didn’t have the joy after my races in 2007. I didn’t want to go to Beijing. I had to for sponsors.
Laure Manaudou
Japan has good reasons for wanting to transform its relationship with Russia. Tokyo has openly expressed serious fears of a military confrontation with Beijing over China’s claims to the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.
Beijing is constructing a 100,000 m2 modern art museum, yet it will not feature any of my work.
Going into Beijing I was like ‘what’s a Paralympics?’
Air pollution is my biggest concern right now. Maybe because I live in Beijing, and in this city we have such severe challenges due to bad air quality. It has affected our daily lives and health. I do not go outdoors because of it. I desperately hope that we can improve the current situation.
Now, the Chinese people are outraged and they are sending clear signals to Beijing: “do not succumb to the West.” “If you do, our nation will suffer immensely, and the rest of the world will turn to ashes.”