Leading Chinese publisher China Citic Press and the the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) have teamed up to release a Chinese language edition of former U.S. President George W. Bush's autobiography, titled “Decision Points”. The 446-page, 14 chapter memoir features a unique introduction intended to appeal to readers in China.
The press conference announcing the release of the Chinese version of “Decision Points” was held in Beijing on August 10th, 2011.
The presentation featured a blown-up iPhone displaying the front cover of the presidential tome, though there was no word of a version being released for mobile devices.
Considering the CPAFFC's role as a governmental organization (since 1954) dedicated to “promoting friendship and mutual understanding between the Chinese people and foreign nations,” it's only natural that Bush's positive vision of the U.S.-China relationship is being promoted as well.
The Chinese-edition-only intro will certainly please China's government, and possibly (probably?) its upbeat tone was designed to do exactly that. “When I first came to Beijing thirty-six years ago,” recalls Bush, “it was almost impossible to imagine the vibrant Chinese society that exists today or the cooperative relationship that our nations now enjoy.” Nice, but GWB's just getting rolling: “My hope is that our relationship will improve even more over the next thirty-six years.” I'll drink to that... but more on that later.
Ex-President Bush's first memoir offers insights into major events in the former president's eight-year administration such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the War On Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2008 financial crisis. One wonders, however, if Chinese readers have much interest in a Bush-eye view of these world-changing events.
Even those in charge of promoting the Chinese language version of Bush's memoirs seem to be having a tough time of it. “I think the book is readable, as Bush describes his presidency and personal life in a sincere and candid way,” commented Li Xiaolin, vice-chairperson of the CPAFFC. “The chapter about quitting drinking is particularly moving.” Now then, how do you say “Dubya” in Mandarin? (via Want China Times)