Prisoner of the State : The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-05-18
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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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.

Author Biography

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

Prefacep. ix
Forewordp. xvii
The Tiananmen Massacrep. 1
The Student Protests Beginp. 3
An Editorial Makes Things Worsep. 8
Power Strugglep. 15
The Crackdownp. 25
The Accusations Flyp. 35
The Campaign Against Zhaop. 39
Zhao's Talk with Gorbachevp. 45
House Arrestp. 51
Zhao Becomes a Prisonerp. 53
The Investigative Reportp. 63
Zhao's Lonely Strugglep. 72
The Roots of China's Economic Boomp. 89
Conflicting Views at the Topp. 91
An Early Setbackp. 95
Opening Painfully to the Worldp. 101
Finding a New Approachp. 111
Zhao and Hu Clashp. 114
Playing a Trick on a Rivalp. 119
One Step at a Timep. 125
The Economy Gets Too Hotp. 127
The Magic of Free Tradep. 134
Freedom on the Farmp. 138
The Coastal Regions Take Offp. 145
Coping with Corruptionp. 155
War in the Politburop. 159
Hu Yaobang "Resigns"p. 161
Zhao Walks the Linep. 183
The Ideologuesp. 197
Preparing for the Main Eventp. 203
A Tumultuous Yearp. 215
After the Congressp. 217
Panic Buying and Bank Runsp. 219
A Series of Misstepsp. 223
The Problem with Pricesp. 226
Reforms Take a Hitp. 229
Zhao in Retreatp. 233
The Campaign to Overthrow Zhaop. 237
How China Must Changep. 245
Deng's View on Political Reformp. 245
Hu's View on Political Reformp. 254
How Zhao's View Evolvedp. 256
The Old Guard Fights Backp. 261
The Way Forwardp. 269
Epiloguep. 275
A Brief Biography of Zhao Ziyangp. 283
Who Was Whop. 289
Acknowledgementp. 305
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