Hillary Clinton's new memoir "Hard Choices" has been denied translation and English-language distribution in China, her publisher, Simon & Schuster, told NBC News on Friday. A day after the book hit shelves in the U.S., Shanghai Book Traders, which supplies foreign books to Amazon China, told executives at Simon & Schuster that the title would not be approved for sale in the country, Buzzfeed first reported. Simon & Schuster president Jonathan Karp said he hopes Chinese publishers change their minds. “As Secretary Clinton writes in the book, some of the hardest choices facing China today regard protecting human rights and free expression,” Karp said.
"Hard Choices" details Clinton's four years as secretary of state and includes criticisms of China's policies. She recalls a less-than-cordial conversation with China's state councilor, Dai Bingguo, and sheds light on the country's censorship policies. Hillary's memoir has sat on top of the New York Times bestseller list for two weeks, and Simon & Schuster has sold English-language and translated versions of the book to 22 other countries, the publisher said.
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