China memoir furor stirs memories of purged leader – Reuters

From Reuters via the Washington Post (link):

A manuscript of ousted Chinese Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang‘s thoughts has stirred controversy even before full publication, with its author saying a Hong Kong paper took from it without his approval.

The manuscript records the late Zhao’s memories before 1989, when anti-government demonstrations convulsed China till a bloody army crackdown, and his thoughts on China’s economic and political evolution, the author Zong Fengming told a small group of reporters in his Beijing home on Friday.

Zhao was China’s premier and then party general secretary from 1980 to 1989, when the party patriarch Deng Xiaoping dismissed him for resisting the crackdown.



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