Liberal Professor at Elite Peking University Criticised XI Jinping, Sacked

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Beijing, Oct. 19 -- An outspoken professor at one of China's best-known institutions, Peking University, was sacked on Friday apparently because of his liberal views and criticism of the policies of President Xi Jinping and other top leaders of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Professor Xia Yeliang was handed out a slip of paper by the University's Personnel Evaluation and Employment Committee that simply said that he didn't get the required votes at a meeting held - where he was not present - to decide his fate earlier in October; only three had to voted in his favour out of 34 while one had abstained.

"No actual reason was given. I had expected this. I want to defend the freedom of speech and thought. I would like to make this sacrifice," Xia told Hindustan Times on Saturday.

Xia had criticised President Xi on his microblog recently. (The critical blog had been removed immediately and his microblog has also been blocked.)

"Expectation was great from President Xi when he took over. But he likes Mao Zedong's polices...his (Xi's) policies have been of regression. I think it is very bad," Xia, who has been with Peking University since 2000, said.

But Xi wasn't the only one to be criticised by the professor.

In 2009, he had written an open and critical letter to the then CPC propaganda chief, Liu Yunshan - who is now member of the elite seven-member standing committee of the CPC's Politburo. …