China is an attractive piece of meat coveted by all … but very tough, and for years no one has been able to bite into it. Zhou Enlai

Table of Contents

Famous Chinese Quotes and Sayings, Meaning and Origin

Origin: Zhou Enlai to the Chinese Communist Party Congress, as quoted in The New York Times (1 September 1973).

Zhou Enlai (1898 – 1976), 周恩来, was born in Jiangsu Province and was a prominent Chinese politician. Zhou was China’s head of government, serving from October 1949 until his death in January 1976.

“China is an attractive piece of meat coveted by all … but very tough, and for years no one has been able to bite into it.” Zhou Enlai

Original text:

“Premier Chou reaffirmed the Chinese position that relations with the Soviet Union should be normalized on the basis of the “five principles of peaceful co‐existence,” and the border issue should be settled without any threats.

But he added: “We will not attack unless we are attacked. If we are attacked, we will certainly counterattack. That is our principle and we mean what we say.”

Premier Chou declared that the United States and the Soviet Union would always contend with each other and that their “collusion” was only temporary.

“The West always wants to urge the Soviet revisionists eastward to divert the peril toward China, and it would be fine so long as all is quiet in the West,” he added. “China is an attractive piece of meat coveted by all. But this piece of meat is very tough and for years no one has been able to bite into it.”” (New York Times)

- Advertisement -

Related Posts

Interview with Jared Stone, one of the photojournalists in the video of Hong Kong police throwing tear gas grenade at press members

Jared Stone is an Australian photojournalist and fully trained emergency nurse from Melbourne. From August 30, he is in Hong Kong to document the Hong...

People who are strangers to liquor are incapable of talking about literature. Mo Yan

Author: Mo Yan. Origin: The Republic of Wine, chapter 3, pag. 25 “People who are strangers to liquor are incapable of talking about literature.” ― Mo...

Interview with SimpleBao, Visual Storyteller and Street Artist

Bao is a Hong Kong born and based self-taught artist who mainly loves freestyle work with murals and illustrations. She started her career in 2015...

He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious. Sun Tzu

Author: Sun Tzu. Origin: Chapter III · Strategic Attack, The Art of War (roughly 5th century BC). 知可战与不可战者胜。 "He who knows when he can fight and...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.