"We know they're in panic mode, because my Chinese contacts have stopped trying to use us and started trying to criticize us." - a friend notable for bearish positions on China, talking about himself and other pessimistic analysts. Normally, he gets fed information by Chinese, so that he'll spread it in the hedge-fund world, and they can use the resulting reports as ammunition for internal struggles. But now that's stopped.
"We call girls China Merchant Bank, because you can sell them, and boys China Construction Bank, because you have to build for them." - a recently married friend on having kids. She said if they have a girl, they'll encourage her to marry a rich Chinese boy, and if they have a boy, they'll encourage him to marry an English girl.