China Magazine Praises Ousted Zhao in Test of Taboo

From Reuters:

A Chinese magazine has published a memoir praising purged Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang, making a rare break with the official taboo about the leader ousted in the bloody and still-sensitive upheavals of 1989.

History lingers long over Chinese politics, and more than 21 years after he was purged, the late Zhao remains a test case for some liberal Chinese former officials and intellectuals, who see his erasure from history as part of the ruling Communist Party’s reluctance to pursue bolder political liberalisation.

The memoir by Yang Rudai, a former official who worked under Zhao, appeared in the July issue of “China Through the Ages” (Yan huang chun qiu), which reached subscribers on Thursday.

Zhao’s name rarely appeared in publications after he was ousted in 1989, when the ruling Communist Party was beset by protesters demanding democratic reform.A Chinese magazine has published a memoir praising purged Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang, making a rare break with the official taboo about the leader ousted in the bloody and still-sensitive upheavals of 1989.

Read more about Zhao Ziyang and Yanhunag Chunqiu via CDT.

July 10, 2010 8:20 PM
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