Professor Feng Chongyi has been outspoken about Beijing’s political influence in Chinese communities in Australia.
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By: Rosemary Chen
A Chinese-born Australian academic has been stopped by Chinese officials from boarding a flight home to Australia after a three-week visit in China.
Professor Feng Chongyi (馮崇義) was questioned by China’s public security bureau for “involvement in a threat to national security” and has been restricted from leaving the country. However, Chinese officials did not give him a concrete reason nor provide him with any legal documents, Feng’s lawyer told Hong Kong Apple Daily.
Feng has received funding from the Australian Research Council to work on a project about Chinese human rights lawyers and was visiting China for research. He was said to be meeting academics and rights lawyers in Beijing and other cities. Feng was first held for questioning in Kunming, the provincial capital of southwestern Yunnan Province, before being barred from boarding a flight to Sydney at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on Friday morning, reported Taipei Times.
The academic’s latest research focuses on “intellectual and political changes leading to constitutional democracy in China.” As the head of China Studies at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) for 11 years, he has been outspoken about Beijing’s political influence in Chinese communities in Australia and Chinese government propaganda. [FULL STORY]