THE author who last year created a sensation with his controversial book Viewing China Through A Third Eye says he has encountered political interference in his efforts to publish the sequel. Wang Shan's Viewing China Through a Fourth Eye is a further exploration of the mounting social and economic problems that, he says, the Government must face if its ambitious reforms are to succeed. 'I want very much to publish Fourth Eye but I have received pressure from people high up in the central Government, and I must consider the consequences,' he said. The author also said that a report last month in Ming Pao saying a publishing house in Xinjiang had agreed to publish his new book was 'entirely inaccurate'. Arrangements have been made for parts of the new book to be published in serialised format in the Ming Pao Monthly, but the author remains pessimistic about the prospects of finding a Chinese publisher. The editor at the Shanxi People's Publishing House, which published Third Eye, has since lost his job, according to Wang. Other publishers he has been in contact with have been warned not to handle the sequel. Wang, the 42-year-old son of a retired general in the People's Liberation Army, has also written a popular series of novels on China's organised crime underworld. He had planned to publish Fourth Eye shortly after the end of last month's National People's Congress. Third Eye which Wang originally issued under a fictitious German name, was banned from sale in government-run book stores but nevertheless sold an estimated one million copies, mostly in pirated editions. Prior to being banned, the book received praise from high-ranking leaders, including President and Communist Party Chief Jiang Zemin. In Third Eye, Wang outlined the growing tensions caused by the stratification of society, and urged the Government to find solutions bearing 'the lowest social cost'. He pointed in particular to the growing dissatisfaction of the country's 800 million-strong peasantry - a force he described as 'China's active volcano'. In Fourth Eye, he expands on these ideas, predicting that China will by the end of this century face a turning point as social problems expand to such proportions that they will have to be resolved in one way or another. In addition to his publishing difficulties, Wang has been unable to obtain the passport he needs to make a book promotion trip to Japan. Although nobody has told him he cannot travel abroad, his application has been passed from one government agency to another, without action, he said. 'It is probably already too late for me to travel as I had arranged, and I am quite angry about it,' said Wang. 'I do not know what to do. If the state will not support me in my writing, then I will abandon it and go to find a job as a worker somewhere,' he said.