Efforts to build China's academic stature may be hindered by widespread plagiarism, the Associated Press  reported. The article noted that experts blame weak punishments and a system that seems to value the quantity of work produced over the quality. One ghostwriter is quoted saying: "My opinion is that writing papers for someone else is not wrong.... There will always be a time when one needs help from others. Even our great leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping needed help writing."