Book Discussion on Prisoner of the State

A discussion was held about the book Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang (Simon and Schuster; May 19, 2009).… read more

A discussion was held about the book Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang (Simon and Schuster; May 19, 2009). Former Chinese Communist Party premier and secretary general Zhao Ziyang was ousted from the Communist Party and put under house arrest after he spoke out in favor of the Tiananmen Square protesters in 1989. His memoir, smuggled out of China, was published four years after he passed away in 2005. It offers new insights into the debate over the 1989 student movement that led to Zhao’s dismissal, the role he played in China’s economic reform, and the schisms within the Communist Party under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping. Participating in the discussion were two of the book’s editors, Adi Ignatius and Bao Pu, and former U.S. Ambassador to China Winston Lord. Orville Schell moderated. The panelists responded to questions from members of the audience. 

Bao Pu is a political commentator, human rights activist, and publisher of New Century Press in Hong Kong. Adi Ignatius covered China and Zhao Ziyang for the Wall Street Journal.

“The Road Not Taken: Zhao Ziyang’s Memoirs and the Legacy of Tiananmen” was an evening event at the Asia Society in New York City.  close

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Jul 18, 2009
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  • Jul 18, 2009 | 6:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 20, 2009 | 4:05am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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