Under House Arrest

Bao Tong shows a photo of his former boss former Zhao Ziyang at his home in Beijing, Feb. 22, 2011.

Why The Communist Party Was Lucky To Have Zhao Ziyang

A former top Chinese official remembers an ousted premier who died on Jan. 17, 2005.


By Bao Tong

Bao Tong is a former top aide to late ousted Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang. He remains under house arrest at his Beijing home since his boss's ouster during the 1989 student-led pro-democracy movement on Tiananmen Square. He was former Director of the Office of Political Reform of the ruling Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee and the Policy Secretary of Zhao Ziyang.

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