— Mark Eyskens Belgian politician 1933
As quoted by Craig R. Whitney in WAR IN THE GULF: EUROPE; Gulf Fighting Shatters Europeans' Fragile Unity, The New York Times, January 25th, 1991. http://www.nytimes.com/1991/01/25/world/war-in-the-gulf-europe-gulf-fighting-shatters-europeans-fragile-unity.html?pagewanted=1 This phrase was pronounced in January 1991, a few days before the beginning of Desert Storm, while Eyskens was the Foreign Minister of Belgium.
„The USA will remain the only superpower. China is becoming an economic giant. Europe is being Islamicized.“
— Mark Eyskens Belgian politician 1933
— Dhirubhai Ambani Indian business tycoon 1932 - 2002
From interview with Chitralekha, In a video interview, Dhirubhai Ambani & Chitralekha (16 January 1995) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7RHzOF991Q Hindustan Times: News about Dhirubhai books http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Kolkata/Dhirubhai-books-to-help-win-back-Maoists/Article1-776307.aspx
„We cannot continue to have an excellence gap with the rest of the world and intend to remain the [economic superpower] and [military superpower] of the planet. That's just not going to happen. We're in a position where unless we take action, we'll end up being the [France] of the 21st century: a lot of talk, but not a lot of strength behind it in terms of economic capability.“
— Mitt Romney American businessman and politician 1947
2003–2007 Governor of Massachusetts, [2005-11-16, Boston Globe]
„The difference between Europe and USA is that in USA they keep the Reds in reservations, and we in parliaments.“
— Janusz Korwin-Mikke polish politician 1942
source: blog, 9 February 2007
„I have great sympathy with America. It's very, it's very tough to be the only remaining superpower in the world.“
— F. W. de Klerk South African politician 1936
2000s, 2004, Interview with Richard Stengel https://web.archive.org/web/20110622073025/http://www.cfr.org/southern-africa/hbo-history-makers-series-frederik-willem-de-klerk/p7114?breadcrumb=%2Fregion%2F151%2Fsouthern_africa (8 June 2004)
„The nostalgia for Mao Zedong that we see in China today is in part a longing of the poor and downtrodden - the losers in the economic boom - for the egalitarianism an job security of the Mao era. But it is more than that. For the "patriots" in today's rabid nationalism, it is nostalgia for a time when China dared to say "no" to both of the world's superpowers, the Us. S. and the Soviet Union.“
— Liu Xiaobo Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist 1955
No Enemies, No Hate: Selected Essays and Poems, "Bellicose and Thuggish: The Roots of Chinese "Patriotism" at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century" (2002)
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
2010, Obama: America a Superpower 'Whether We Like It or Not' http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/04/15/obama-america-superpower-like.html, FoxNews.com (15 April 2010)
„The problem for China is political. China is held together by money, not ideology. When there is an economic downturn and the money stops rolling in, not only will the banking system spasm, but the entire fabric of Chinese society will shudder. Loyalty in China is either bought or coerced. Without available money, only coercion remains. Business slowdowns can generally lead to instability because they lead to business failure and unemployment. In a country where poverty is endemic and unemployment widespread, the added pressure of an economic downturn will result in political instability.“
— George Friedman American businessman and political scientist 1949
The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century (2009), p. 96
„I was a Nazi and I remain one…The Germany of today is no longer a great nation, it has become a province of Europe.“
— Joachim Peiper SS officer 1915 - 1976
Interview with a French writer Peiper spoke with in 1967, quoted in The Devil's Adjutant by Michael Reynolds, page 260.
„There is only one China. Taiwan is not independent. It does not enjoy sovereignty as a nation, and that remains our policy, our firm policy.“
— Colin Powell Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star general 1937
2000s, Interview with CNN (27 October 2004), as quoted in "Warnings by Powell to Taiwan Provoke a Diplomatic Dispute" in The New York Times (28 October 2004) http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C07EFDB123DF93BA15753C1A9629C8B63.
— J. R. D. Tata Indian businessman 1904 - 1993
In the article “The business ethics of J.R.D. Tata” in The Hindu dated 29 July 2005
— Adam Smith Scottish moral philosopher and political economist 1723 - 1790
(1776), Book I, Chapter XI, Part III, (First Period) p. 221.
„I believe that both sides (Mainland China and Taiwan) will continue to be friendly while our (Republic of China) policies will remain firm.“
— Lin Join-sane Taiwanese politician 1944
Lin Join-sane (2013) cited in " Taiwan offices in China may pool officials cross-ministry: Wang Yu-chi http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130315000019&cid=1101" on Want China Times, 15 March 2013.
„India and China offer intriguing mirror images. Modern India has long been open politically and, until recently, closed economically. Modern China has opened economically, but remains politically closed. The comparison reveals that, while politics and economics can never fully be separated, political openness is a better guarantor of long-term stability than economic openness.“
— Ian Bremmer American political scientist 1969
The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall (2006).
„In the long run, global politics are bound to become increasingly uncongenial to the concentration of hegemonic power in the hands of a single state. Hence America is not only the first, as well as the only, truly global superpower, but is also likely to be the very last.“
— Zbigniew Brzeziński, The Grand Chessboard
The Grand Chessboard (1997), Conclusion, p. 209.