Former premier Li Peng, the man who declared martial law amid the Tiananmen Square protests, has penned a memoir that some mainland observers read as an attempt to divert attention from scandals circling his family, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.
The book covers the first 55 years of his life up until 1983, stopping short of the decade he spent as premier from 1987. It focuses on his romance with wife Zhu Lin and his experiences of raising his three children.
Analysts said the book could be an effort to improve the family’s morale, the report said.
Zhu has been accused of links to the arrest of a wealthy woman and former official in Shanxi province, while Hong Kong media have accused the couple’s daughter, Li Xiaolin, of setting up offshore companies to win bids to develop five real estate projects in Hainan province with the help of Ji Wenlin, the former deputy governor of the province.
Several senior aides of Li Xiaopeng, Li’s son and the governor of Shanxi province, have been arrested for alleged corruption.
An unnamed source said Li called President Xi Jinping to voice concern over “the current political situation”, according to the report.
Li has published 12 books since stepping down from office, one book for every year since his retirement in 2003. He has promised to write more, the report said.
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