Date: March 27, 2019
By: Yong Xiong and Ben Westcott, CNN
Beijing (CNN)A law professor at a prestigious Chinese university in Beijing has been suspended and put under
investigation for writing a rare essay critical of President Xi Jinping.
Professor Xu Zhangrun of Tsinghua University was told last weekend he was being removed from all teaching positions until the investigation into him was complete, his colleague and friend Guo Yuhua told CNN Wednesday.
Guo, a sociology professor at the same university, said Xu’s work as a teacher, researcher and tutor had been suspended. She said the details of Xu’s suspension were still unclear but it had been in a major part due to an essay he published in July 2018.
The lengthy article, titled “Imminent Fears, Immediate Hopes,” challenged the direction of China under Xi and called for the reintroduction of presidential term limits, which were controversially removed by the government in early 2018.
“Suddenly, as if out of nowhere, we had a ‘supreme leader’ with no checks on his power; how could people not have all kinds of strange imaginings and new fears?” Xu asked in his essay.
The investigation into Xu is just the latest action taken by the Chinese government to repress dissenting voices or opinions that run contrary to the ruling Communist Party’s policies. [FULL STORY]