Zhao Memoir Goes on Sale

The Chinese edition of the memoirs of Zhao Ziyang (赵紫阳), former general secretary of the Chinese Communist Pary, went on sale in Hong Kong on Friday, May 29, exactly 20 years after he was forced from power for opposing the military crackdown on students in the 1989 protests.  From Radio Free Asia:

The memoir of China’s late former leader Zhao Ziyang, who fell from power at the height of the student-led pro-democracy movement 20 years ago, went on sale Friday in Hong Kong, the only Chinese city where its publication wasn’t banned.

The book, titled in English Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Zhao Ziyang, was compiled from audio recordings made by Zhao, a former general secretary of China’s Communist Party who died under house arrest at his Beijing home in 2005.

[...]The son of a former top Zhao aide meanwhile told a symposium on the Zhao memoirs in Hong Kong that he hoped the release of the book, which he help to produce, would put pressure on the Chinese government to revise its view of the Tiananmen protests of two decades agao, in which hundreds were killed.

Read more about Zhao Ziyang’s memoirs on CDT here, here, here, and here.

May 30, 2009 12:42 PM
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