WALLACE: I know it. That`s absolutely true.
I'm not going to put you in the same position as my father put me in. You will find enclosed on a separate sheet , a confession to the crimes you have been accused of. They're false words, but my signature will make them true. Use them if you must.
WALLACE: At the time of the nationalists, we want freedom, we want democracy.That was you.
ZEMIN: No, but I --very frank speaking, I don`t agree with your point, I am dictator.
My only regret in life is that I didn't pull that trigger. He would have been better off in the grave, and we would have been better off without him.
This is where the country`s leaders meet in private every August to develop their plans for the coming year. The president agreed to speak candidly with us, so we asked him to tell us candidly...
I'm writing on an Underwood portable my father gave me when I left for the Sentinel. It was the words my father said when he gave it to me that have resonated even more than this 70-year-old machine."This Underwood built an empire," He said."Now you go and build one of your own."Those words have been large parts of what has motivated my life.I’ve only written one other letter with these keys. It did not fail me then. I hope it will not fail me now.
WALLACE: That`s what those people in Tiananmen Square were saying: We
Freedom. We want democracy.
(on camera): ... how would you characterize the state of relations between China and the United States today, Mr. President?
WALLACE: you are, it seems to me, a dictator, an authoritarian.
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ZEMIN: I hope to
convey through your program my best wishes to American people.
(voice-over): This was the first time Western television cameras had been allowed inside the president
s summer compound on the beach at the resort town of Bedaihuh. It has been called Chinas
Dear Mr. President,
Those students in Tiananmen had also been protesting against the corruption that you talked about. So apparently they did have some effect on you and on your party.
Your loyal friend, still in my heart, if not in yours,
WALLACE: A dictator
is somebody who forcibly, whether it
s free press or free religion or free private enterprise -- now youre
beginning to come a little closer to that -- you, father, knows best.
And if you get in the way of father, father will take care of you.
But since you assumed office, my only aim has been to fight for you and alongside you, whether that be in Congress or as now, the battle over impeachment. Maybe one day I'll have my chance to serve as president, but not while you are the nation's leader.
WALLACE: Well, of course. A developmental dictatorship is what we believe it is. Am I wrong?
We all must make sacrifices to achieve our dream, but sometimes we must sacrifice ourselves for the greater good. It is my honor to make such a sacrifice now.
ZEMIN (through translator): I know what you are driving at, but what I want to emphasize is that we fully respect every citizen`s right to freely express his wishes and desires. But I do not favor any flagrant opposition to government actions during an emergency. The tank stopped and did not run the young man down.
If you truly believe that I have only served myself, then I have forever lost your trust. All I can do now is give you my freedom to save your own. I said I would take the fall for you, and now I give you the means to make that happen. I am pulling the trigger myself.
m not talking about the tank. Im talking about that
s heart,that mans courage, that man, that lonely man standing
against that. Onemonth after Tiananmen, you wrote a speech. And in it,
you said,"Corruptionis growing in the soil if all our party and our
government organs use their power to seek material benefits. Isn`t this
just like fleecing the people in broad daylight?"
I want to tell you something I have never told anyone: When I was 13 I walked in on my father in the barn. There was a shotgun in his mouth. He waved me over. "Come here, Francis," He said."Pull the trigger for me. "Because he didn't have the courage to do it himself. I said, "No, Papa," And walked out, knowing he would never find that courage. The next seven years were hell for my father, but even more hell for my mother and me. He made all of us miserable. Drinking, despair, violence.
ZEMIN (through translator): He was never arrested. I don`t know where he is now. Looking at the picture, I know he definitely had his own ideas.
And in you, sir, I see a brave man. A just man. A president whom I would follow anywhere - no matter how strong the wind blows against us.
ZEMIN (through translator): If you make concise and brief questions, I`ll give you brief answers.
You said I wanted to diminish you. The truth is, I don’t. You said I wanted to challenge you in 2016.The truth is, I don’t. You said I wanted the presidency for myself. The truth is, I do. What politician hasn't dreamed about what it would be like to take the oath of the highest office of our land? I’ve stared at your desk in the Oval and coveted it. The power, the prestige. Those things have a strong pull on someone like me, who came from a small South Carolina town with nothing.
The president believes China
has been misunderstood here in America,
and he wants Americans to get a more favorable -- and he says more realistic - impression of his country.
WALLACE: But when we
talk about dictatorship, I
m -- Im wagging my finger at the president
For several years, we`ve been asking to sit down with him. Finally, the president invited us to China and told us he was willing to answer any question.
WALLACE: I know you don
t. I know that you dont. But
s an old American phrase about if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck and so forth, its
(on camera): You are the last major communist dictatorship in the world.
You know what? When I see the picture of that one
WALLACE: So you give money to both their campaigns?
(on camera): You were a student protester in Shanghai.
(voice-over): In the 50 years since the Communist Party took power there, China
has had just three paramount leaders: Mao Tse-Tung, Deng Xiaoping, and now Jiang Zemin, who currently rules over almost 1.3 billion people -- one out of every five people on Earth. He`s been in charge for 11 years, since Deng chose him to restore stability after the brutality at Tiananmen Square. But still, Americans know remarkably little about this powerful man who arrives in New York City tomorrow to visit the U.N. and to meet with American business leaders.
ZEMIN (through translator): In the 1989 disturbance,we truly understood the passion of students who were calling for greater democracy and freedom. In fact, we have always been working to improve our system of democracy, but we could not possibly allow people with ulterior motives to use the students to overthrow the government under the pretext of democracy and freedom.