CAMPAIGN ’88 : Beijing Best-Seller?

<i> United Press International</i>

China, which has openly favored Bush for the next President of the United States, will soon be selling a Chinese version of his autobiography in local book stores, an official newspaper said Friday.

The book, titled “Looking Forward,” has been translated into Chinese and copies will soon be rolling off the presses at the Beijing Modern Press, the state-run China Youth News newspaper said.

The Republican presidential candidate served as U.S. envoy to Beijing in 1974 and 1975, before the establishment of full diplomatic ties in 1979.

In his autobiography, Bush recounts some of his experiences in China, including his meetings with the late Chairman Mao Tse-tung and current senior leader Deng Xiaoping.


“The book also reveals some secret talks between Bush and Chinese leaders when he was the director of the U.S. Liaison Office to China,” the newspaper said.

Last month, Bush received an unusual political endorsement from Deng, who described the vice president as an “old friend” and voiced hopes that Bush would be elected President in November.