British ex-PM Blair releases memoirs in Chinese

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 22:24

Beijing: Former British Prime Minister Tony
Blair on Tuesday launched the Chinese edition of "A Journey", the
memoirs in which he recounts his decade in power, state media
reported.

During the launch party, Blair praised the "unprecedented
progress" achieved by China over the past thirty years, the
official Xinhua news agency reported.

Blair`s 718-page account of his time in Downing Street,
from 1997 to 2007, includes an unprecedented attack on his
"strange" successor Gordon Brown, whose premiership he branded
a disaster.

It details the personal toll the job took on him, how he
used whisky, gin and wine as a "prop", the "animal" feelings
he had for his wife, and his relationship with the royal
family after princess Diana died.

But it is Blair`s decision to take Britain into the
US-led invasion of Iraq that lies at the heart of the book.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 22:24

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