From the Chinese embassy, as published in the newspaper China Daily, English edition:
"The Ai Weiwei case, in essence, is not a human rights matter, nor is it about freedom of speech. No one is above the law. Just like in other countries, acts of violations of the law will be dealt with by the law,"
"Art is thriving in China. One can find art in all its forms and genres in China, from classical to post-modern, from Chinese to Western, from realism to abstract art,"
Art is thriving in China, that is true. It is also true that having the police arrest the top living artist in China on nebulous charges and holding him incommunicado along with dozens of others, means that only approved art is thriving in China, and in an atmosphere of fear.