Chinese Author to Publish Book Critical of Premier

Yu Jie, acclaimed author and founder of the Independent PEN Center in China, plans to publish a book critical of Premier Wen Jiabao. From the Associated Press:

China’s premier cultivates the image of a sympathetic “Grandpa Wen,” but a new and unusually critical book claims he should be known as “China’s Best Actor” instead.

Author Yu Jie said his new book aims to show the vast difference between the prim premier’s image and his hard-line policies. “China’s Best Actor: Wen Jiabao” will be published this month in Hong Kong despite police threats he could be put in prison, the author said.

“This is a completely deceptive way to speak to people,” Yu said in an interview Wednesday.

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