Beijing: The publisher of former Chinese
premier Li Peng`s purported diary said Saturday it had to halt
the eagerly awaited release of the memoirs due to "copyright
Excerpts from the diary, known as the "The Tiananmen
Diary of Li Peng," had already been leaked online ahead of its
planned publication by Hong Kong-based New Century Press on
June 22, causing an Internet stir.
The memoirs shed a rare light on the decision-making
process in the lead-up to the crackdown on Tiananmen
pro-democracy protests on the night of June 3-4, 1989 that saw
hundreds, if not thousands, killed.
"According to copyright information provided by relevant
agencies and Hong Kong copyright law, original plans for the
publication of `Li Peng`s Diary` on June 22 have been
cancelled due to copyright issues," the publisher said
Bao Pu, head of the New Century Press, said that
media exposure ahead of the publication had been "premature."
"It gave time for all sorts of interests to interfere in
the process," he said, adding the decision was "truly
The memoirs, which appear to be genuine, were potentially
explosive as they detailed behind-the-scenes political
manoeuvring over the Tiananmen crackdown that drew worldwide