I’ve always wondered “what if” Zhao had taken power in '89…things might have been very, very different.
Deposed Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang "stable’ in hospital: official
Deposed Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang has undergone medical treatment and is “stable” in hospital, the foreign ministry said, but denied reports he was dead.
“Zhao Ziyang is an old man in his eighties. He recently became ill. After undergoing medical treatment, at present his illness is stable,” spokesman Kong Quan said at a regular briefing.
The Chinese government almost never comments on Zhao, 85, even though he was the country’s second most powerful man after late patriarch Deng Xiaoping during the first decade of China’s reform in the 1980s.[/quote]