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Expelled China professor warns US universities

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chinese economist and champion of free speech who was recently expelled from Peking University says American colleges are putting their academic principles at risk by cooperating with China.

Democracy advocate Xia Yeliang (SHA YIL-eeang) also said Thursday that top U.S. universities may unwittingly help China's authoritarian system by educating its elites.

Xia was speaking at the Cato Institute, a Washington think tank where he took up a job this month after his expulsion in October from the top Chinese university where he taught for 13 years. His removal was widely seen as a sign of the ruling Communist Party's efforts to tighten controls on public discourse.

In 2008, Xia helped draft Charter 08, a bold call for sweeping changes to China's one-party political system.

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