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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 18, 2005


Death of Zhao Ziyang

We note with sorrow the passing of former Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Zhao Ziyang.  Mr. Zhao was a dynamic and forward-looking leader, a champion of reform at a time of momentous change in China.  We well remember that in 1989, in Tiananmen Square, Mr. Zhao went directly to the people of China, listened to their views, and engaged with them in a discussion about their desire for democracy.  His love of country and unique style of leadership won him the respect of the people of China and around the world.  We send our condolences to Mr. Zhao's family and loved ones, and to the people of China.

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Released on January 18, 2005

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