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你有孩子吗? (Nǐ yǒu háizi ma?): Do you have children?

Qin Gang addresses journalists at a press conference in 2009. (Xinhua)

On June 9, 2009, a BBC reporter asked Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang about the justification for compulsory installation of Green Dam Youth Escort filtering software on personal computers. Qin replied:

Do you have children? If you have children or if you plan to have children, you will be able to understand why Green Dam Youth Escort is essential for protecting the children of China against harmful information on the Internet. Let me repeat this: the Internet in China is fully open and the Chinese Government plays an active role in promoting the healthy development of the Internet.

Installation was later made voluntary. The Green Dam project was shuttered the following year.

Qin has made many other similarly nonsensical statements which exemplify the absurdity of the Party line. For example, in response to a journalist's question about YouTube being blocked in China, he famously said, “As for what you can and cannot watch, watch what you can watch, and don’t watch what you cannot watch.”

See also bird anus.