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Zhao Ziyang was a Chinese politician and prime minister best known for introducing radical and successful market-oriented reforms to his country's economic system in the 1970s and '80s.
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He was never convicted of any crime for his perceived support of the students in Tiananmen Square Square, but he lived the remainder of his life in a form of political exile. He suffered from poor health in his final years. After a series of strokes, Zhao died on January 17, 2005, in a Beijing hospital. He was survived by his second wife, Liang Boqi, and his five children.
In May 2009, Zhao's memoirs were released to the public. The book,
entitled Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang, is thought to have been derived from secret recordings made during the 15 years when Zhao was under house arrest.
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