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Prisoner of the Stateis the story of Premier Zhao Ziyang, the man who brought liberal change to China and who was dethroned at the height of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 for trying to stop the massacre. Zhao spent the last years of his life under house arrest. An occasional detail about his life would slip out, but scholars and citizens lamented that Zhao never had his final say.But Zhao did produce a memoir, secretly recording on audio tapes the real story of what happened during modern China's most critical moments. He provides intimate details about the Tiananmen crackdown, describes the ploys and double crosses used by China's leaders, and exhorts China to adopt democracy in order to achieve long-term stability. His riveting, behind-the-scenes recollections form the basis ofPrisoner of the State.The China that Zhao portrays is not some long-lost dynasty. It is today's China, where its leaders accept economic freedom but resist political change. Zhao might have steered China's political system toward openness and tolerance had he survived. Although Zhao now speaks from the grave, his voice still has the moral power to make China sit up and listen.
Bao Pu, a political commentator and veteran human rights activist, is a publisher and editor of New Century Press in Hong Kong. Renee Chiang is a publisher and the English editor of New Century Press in Hong Kong. As a teacher in Beijing in 1989, she was an eyewitness to the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Adi Ignatius is an American journalist who covered China for The Wall Street Journal during the Zhao Ziyang era. He is currently editor in chief of the Harvard Business Review.
Table of Contents
|The Tiananmen Massacre||p. 1|
|The Student Protests Begin||p. 3|
|An Editorial Makes Things Worse||p. 8|
|Power Struggle||p. 15|
|The Crackdown||p. 25|
|The Accusations Fly||p. 35|
|The Campaign Against Zhao||p. 39|
|Zhao's Talk with Gorbachev||p. 45|
|House Arrest||p. 51|
|Zhao Becomes a Prisoner||p. 53|
|The Investigative Report||p. 63|
|Zhao's Lonely Struggle||p. 72|
|The Roots of China's Economic Boom||p. 89|
|Conflicting Views at the Top||p. 91|
|An Early Setback||p. 95|
|Opening Painfully to the World||p. 101|
|Finding a New Approach||p. 111|
|Zhao and Hu Clash||p. 114|
|Playing a Trick on a Rival||p. 119|
|One Step at a Time||p. 125|
|The Economy Gets Too Hot||p. 127|
|The Magic of Free Trade||p. 134|
|Freedom on the Farm||p. 138|
|The Coastal Regions Take Off||p. 145|
|Coping with Corruption||p. 155|
|War in the Politburo||p. 159|
|Hu Yaobang "Resigns"||p. 161|
|Zhao Walks the Line||p. 183|
|The Ideologues||p. 197|
|Preparing for the Main Event||p. 203|
|A Tumultuous Year||p. 215|
|After the Congress||p. 217|
|Panic Buying and Bank Runs||p. 219|
|A Series of Missteps||p. 223|
|The Problem with Prices||p. 226|
|Reforms Take a Hit||p. 229|
|Zhao in Retreat||p. 233|
|The Campaign to Overthrow Zhao||p. 237|
|How China Must Change||p. 245|
|Deng's View on Political Reform||p. 245|
|Hu's View on Political Reform||p. 254|
|How Zhao's View Evolved||p. 256|
|The Old Guard Fights Back||p. 261|
|The Way Forward||p. 269|
|A Brief Biography of Zhao Ziyang||p. 283|
|Who Was Who||p. 289|
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