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Tiananmen Square crackdown

Li Peng publishes his political memoir – but fails to cover his role in Tiananmen crackdown

Book penned by former premier, who is held responsible by many for crushing the pro-democracy demonstrations, only covers events up to 1983

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 June, 2014, 1:12pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 June, 2014, 6:40pm

Li Peng, the retired premier who played a key role in the bloody crackdown of Tiananmen Square protest 25 years ago, published his official memoir yesterday.

The autobiography of the 85-year-old, which covers events only up to 1983 and omits the highly-sensitive episodes of his later political career, has 16 chapters, 130 pictures and runs to 490,000 words, Xinhua said.

The state-run news agency praised the book as a “document with great historical value” and written “with sincere emotion”.

The memoir is not yet on sale, a person from the state-owned bookstore which will stock the book told Xinhua.

Li’s book is rare since Communist Party elites traditionally shun the limelight after stepping down.

Li, who was instrumental in the giant Three Gorges Dam, published his official diary of his involvement with the project in 2003, covering his role from 1981, when he was vice minister of power, to June 28, 2003, when the Three Gorges reservoir began to be filled.

In the diary, he said the Three Gorges Dam would always continue to his chief political legacy. His family is regarded as continuing to be influential in the mainland’s electricity sector.

But in recent months, the China Three Gorges Corporation, the operator of the world’s biggest hydropower scheme, has been under investigation for alleged corruption.

Central government removed two senior executives in March. In February the Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog said unidentified officials were guilty of nepotism and questionable property deals and bidding procedures.

Another diary ostensibly written by Li during the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations was leaked onto the internet in 2010. Hong Kong publisher Bao Pu said at the time that he was forced by mainland authorities to halt the publication of the memoir, which he said was penned by Li.


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These officials are masters at re-marketing their failures as successful legacy.
without doubt, Li was a brutal communist party boss who is now busy trying to plate gold leaves on himself. i hope the chinese people and world media expose his evil past and not let this continue.
read up on Teddy Roosevelt, the iconic US president was credited to build US into today's superpower empire. his bust is even on Mt. Rushmore and many americans adore this 25th president of the United States. Teddy also had his "evil" past. the massive number of indigenous americans massacred at a result of his expansionist policy. but today, you have John Wayne cowboy movies where genocide of "indians" were heroic act. as if this was not enough, Roosevelt followed this with the colonization of Hawaii, then onto Philippines, which caused hundreds of thousands more massacred. Roosevelt's narrative was delivering white christian civilization to the "negros" (he thought asians were negros). today, nobody cares about Teddy's evil past. at the end of the day, history is written by the victors. Hail to the Victors! but the voice of the indigenous people cannot be genocided.
Nice try
man, just ran out of toilet papers again

Forgive, forgive, forgive...
Even though I am not a big fan of many of China's "2nd generation" leaders, I am firmly against pursuing personal responsibilities against any of them in a controversial historical event like the June 4th. Chinese people (including our HK compatriots) need to learn how to forgive (but not forget) and move on...again, some doze of team sports will help...
What about a corruption investigation covering the Li's? May be he deserves an investigation on mismanagement too. He has blood in his hands in 1989, I am not sure what "contributions" he has made through the Three Gorges project (except his family's purses). To leave out 1989 in his "sincere" memoir speaks volumes about his (in)sincerity. Weren't we taught about being accountable for one's own actions and words? Li was never positively viewed as an able state leader in the international community - they just put up with him because he bought Airbuses and Boeings for state airlines. Of all of China's politicians,I find this person distasteful, absolutely corrupt and most incompetent.
"I recall it was around the middle of May...I had a glass of my favorite Mao Tai and laid my head to rest on my female valet's lap. She ran her long fingers through my thick head of shoe polished hair and before long I was fast asleep. After waking up in July, 1989 I realized I may have slept too long! Sh*t...missed a chance at being CCP General Secretary, having lost the job to that Cheshire smiling opportunist pig Jiang Zemin with his owlish glasses! Surely there were foreign forces in play!"
~excerpt from the memoirs of Li Peng


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