Foreign relations will be the main focus of book that breaks with party tradition Former president Jiang Zemin is breaking with long-held Communist Party tradition by becoming the first top mainland leader to pen his own memoirs. Focusing on China's diplomatic relations, the memoirs are expected to be published by August next year, ahead of Mr Jiang's 80th birthday, according to sources. The Hong Kong-based Chinese-language news weekly Yazhou Zhoukan first reported Mr Jiang's plan in its latest issue. Since the Communist Party took power in 1949, none of the top leaders has published any major memoirs after leaving office as this was taboo. But things started to change recently. In 2003, former premier Li Peng published a small section of his diary, strictly confined to his involvement in the Three Gorges project. In the same year former vice-premier and foreign minister Qian Qichen published his memoir Ten Accounts of Diplomacy. The news that Mr Jiang is working on his memoirs comes after his biography, The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin, became a best-seller on the mainland. The author, American investment banker Robert Lawrence Kuhn, is said to have received help from Mr Jiang's supporters. A special taskforce led by Qian Yongqiu , Mr Jiang's key aide on foreign affairs, has been set up to oversee the collection of data and the writing of the draft, according to Yazhou Zhoukan. However, sources said the book would barely mention the mainland's internal politics, which had been marred by political infighting and were still a taboo subject. Instead, Mr Jiang is expected to focus on China's foreign relations during his 13-year rule between 1989 and 2002. Mr Jiang is fully retired after having handed his last post as chairman of the state Central Military Commission to Hu Jintao this year. He handed over his post as party chief to Mr Hu in 2002 and the presidency in 2003. 'Working groups headed by deputy foreign ministers have been summoned to Shanghai to report to Mr Jiang himself on the data-collection progress in the past few months,' the source said. Mr Jiang was known to be proud of his skills in diplomacy which led to various diplomatic victories and personal ties with foreign leaders, said a source in Beijing. His notable moments include Hong Kong's return to China in 1997, his record four US visits and the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum in Shanghai in 2001. Mr Jiang is also credited with securing China's entry into the World Trade Organisation in 2001 and the successful bid for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.