Robert McNamara says China may have published a pirated copy of his controversial memoirs. Mr McNamara yesterday revealed he was puzzled by the release of a Chinese-language edition of his memoirs through the state-run Beijing Writers' Publishing House. 'I'm curious,' he said. 'I don't know whether the rights were sold in China. The book was pirated in Vietnam.' The memoirs, In Retrospect: the Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, were published in the United States in April 1995, and a Hanoi state publisher released a pirated version within six weeks. Xinhua (the New China News Agency) described the book, published in China last November, as 'valuable for the Chinese in recognising the United States' hegemonism and power politics'. Mr McNamara said he was unaware a Chinese edition was in print until 'any number of copies were presented to me for autographs' on a current tour of Shanghai and Beijing. 'The Vietnam War was not in any way a hegemonistic activity,' Mr McNamara said. 'But I don't think we should refight the war.' Mr McNamara was a chief architect of US policy in Vietnam.