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Andrew Nathan: Zhao Ziyang

17 December 2009
Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang 
by Zhao Ziyang, translated by Bao Pu, Renee Chiang and Adi Ignatius.
Simon and Schuster, 306 pp., £20, May 2009, 978 1 84737 697 8
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... the Chinese people – seemed to be succeeding. Zhao’s conversations with Zong Fengming had been scattered and uncertain, and seemed unlikely to continue under the new restrictions. His close aide Bao Tong (whose son BaoPu is the publisher of the Chinese text of the tapes and cotranslator of the English version) had been released from prison in 1997. BaoPu told me that the two had hoped to write ...

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