• To survive, China had to open up to the West. It could not survive otherwise. This was after many millions have died of hunger in a country that was like North Korea is today. Once we became part of global competition, we had to agree to some rules. It's painful, but we had to. Otherwise there was no way to survive.

    "Ai Weiwei: The Dissident". Interview with Hannah Beech and Austin Ramzy, December 14, 2011.