Outspoken China scholar leaves country, arrives in US
BEIJING (AFP) - An outspoken Chinese scholar has arrived in the United States, he told AFP, after his university sacked him over what he argued were his political views.
Economist Xia Yeliang was an early signatory of Charter 08, a high-profile document calling for democracy in China backed by hundreds of intellectuals, dissidents and journalists.
He was fired last October from the prestigious Peking University after a 13-year tenure for what he said were his political stances but the university attributed the dismissal to poor teaching.
"I was originally worried that I would be arrested at the airport. But so far, everything has gone all right," he told AFP at the airport in Beijing on Sunday before leaving for the United States. He later confirmed his arrival at Newark by email.