» 10/21/2013 CHINA Peking University expels Prof Xia Yeliang, Liu Xiaobo's friend, for poor teaching by Wang Zhicheng Xia helped the jailed Nobel Peace Prize draft Charter 08. For the university, he is the School of Economics' worst-ranked teacher but for many bloggers, he is a real intellectual who made sacrifices for the Chinese people.
Beijing (AsiaNews) - Xia Yeliang, a professor of economics at Peking University
(PKU, aka Beida), has been expelled. According to the university, he was not a
good teacher, but bloggers have rallied behind him because, as a liberal
economist, he has always supported China's democratisation and is a friend of
A committee at
Peking University's School of Economics voted 30 to 3 to expel Xia, after 15
years of employment. He will remain at the University until 31 December, when
his contract formally expires.
Xia helped Liu draft
this important document, and in 2009, he wrote a letter to the country's
leadership criticising restrictions on academic freedom.
comes at a time when the country's leaders are tightening control over bloggers
and intellectuals who spread "rumours" critical of the regime.
In a statement
posted on its microblog account two days ago, Peking University said that Xia was the school's worst-ranked teacher and the source of 340
student complaints since 2006.
on Sina.com have come to his defence,
saying that more liberal professors like him are needed, people who are making
sacrifices in their life to defend the Chinese people, whilst many others only