. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Lectures China On Communist Menace

BEIJING -- President Boris Yeltsin took his re-election campaign to communist China on Thursday, lecturing select dignitaries, including the daughter of top leader Deng Xiaoping, on the danger of a communist revival in his country.


Yeltsin complained to about 100 prominent Chinese invited to meet him at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse that Russia's resurgent communists were his biggest headache before the June 16 presidential election.


"If they win, civil war would start in Russia," Yeltsin told his Chinese communist elite audience, which listened in frozen silence. "This would be an end to reforms, this cannot be allowed," Yeltsin said on the second day of a three-day official visit to China.


Among the chosen guests was Deng Rong, a daughter of paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, 91, who ordered a military crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989 to preserve unbroken Communist Party rule in China since 1949. Chinese guests crowded around Deng Rong, a Communist Party member, asking her to sign their Russian editions of her biography, "My Father, Deng Xiaoping," then clamored for Yeltsin's autograph on their volumes.


Yeltsin presented a Russian version of the book, a hagiography of Deng's life as a revolutionary, to President and Chinese Communist Party chief Jiang Zemin when they met Wednesday.


The communists, whose leader Gennady Zyuganov is Yeltsin's chief rival in the election, trumpet the example of China in their campaign as evidence that communist party rule is not an obstacle to successful economic reform.