Former premier launches 3rd book

By An Baijie (China Daily)

10:05, August 13, 2013

The launch ceremony for a book by former premier Zhu Rongji is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday. The book features photographs, speeches and letters written by Zhu between 1987 and 1991, when he held leading posts in Shanghai, including mayor and Party chief. HOU YU / CHINA NEWS SERVICE

Zhu's memoirs prove popular on first day of release in Shanghai

Former premier Zhu Rongji unveiled his third book on Monday, featuring a record of speeches, photos and letters dating back more than 20 years.

Records of Zhu Rongji's Talks in Shanghai includes 106 transcripts of speeches and talks, 83 photos, and nine letters and instructions written between 1987 and 1991, when he held leading posts in the city including mayor and Party chief. Most of the book's contents have never been published before.

Zhu, now 85, was premier from 1998 to 2003, and is referred to by many netizens as the "iron-faced premier" for being upright, outspoken and firm in his fight against corruption.

He is also noted for initiating bold economic reforms of State-owned enterprises and encouraging the transition to a market economy.

The newly published articles show Zhu's determination to establish clean governance and his efforts to promote economic reform, improve people's livelihoods, protect the environment and construct Pudong New Area in Shanghai.

In a speech to high-ranking leaders of Shanghai, Zhu urged them to play a leading role in clean governance, while in a talk with Japanese journalists he said he was angry at officials who ignored the people's grief and spent a lot on government banquets.

In a speech from April 1988, Zhu said he believed in thinking independently.

"I'm an orphan, and my parents died very early," Zhu said in the speech. "I saw the Party as my mother."

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