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The Road Not Taken: Zhao Ziyang's Memoirs and the Legacy of Tiananmen

The Road Not Taken: Zhao Ziyang's Memoirs and the Legacy of Tiananmen

Chinese Communist Party Secretary General Zhao Ziyang addresses the student hunger strikers, 19 May 1989

''it was said at the time that this event was aimed at overthrowing the People's Republic and the Communist Party. Where is the evidence? I had said at the time that most people were only asking us to correct our flaws, not attempting to overthrow our political system.' --- Zhao Ziyang on the Tiananmen Demonstrations, from Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang After living under house arrest for over a decade, Zhao Ziyang, former Chinese Premier and Party chief, secretly began recording his memoirs onto cassette tapes that were then smuggled out of the country. Four years after his death, and twenty years after Tiananmen, Zhao Ziyang's memoir, Prisoner of State 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. Join the Asia Society for a fascinating evening of discussion with two of the book's editors, Adi Ignatius and Bao Pu, and former Ambassador to China, Winston Lord, in conversation with Orville Schell, Director of the Center on US-China Relations at the Asia Society.

Event Details

17 June 2009
2:30pm - 5:00pm

725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

$7 students and members; $10 non-members