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Foreign Assistant Professor Fired for Commenting on China’s Top Leader

Dr. Björn Alexander Düben, a German assistant professor at Jilin University in China, was dismissed and asked to leave the country within two weeks after an interview with Voice of America. His comments in the interview on China’s foreign policy, particularly regarding Xi Jinping’s visit to Europe. This lead to his sudden dismissal immediately after the interview. Düben, who holds advanced degrees from LSE and Oxford, has worked at the Jilin Univerity for 9 years. He was given the choice to resign or face disciplinary action. After resigning, he was told to leave China in two weeks (by May 30) and warned that he would be denied re-entry in the future. This incident highlights concerns about strict speech control and the arbitrary nature of legal contracts in China.

Source: VOA, June 28, 2024