Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has now released a statement concerning his allegations that New York University is severing relations with him to curry favor with China’s oppressive Communist government and assure completion of a gleaming portal campus in Shanghai.
The statement, obtained Sunday night by The Daily Caller, is a humdinger. In addition to squarely accusing NYU of caving to Chinese pressure, the self-taught lawyer and famed human rights activist charges that a large number of American academics and academic institutions have become wrapped in the tentacles of China’s communist government.
“The work of the Chinese Communists within academic circles in the United States is far greater than what people imagine, and some scholars have no option but to hold themselves back,” Chen said. “Academic independence and academic freedom in the United States are being greatly threatened by a totalitarian regime.”
According to Chen, “as early as last August and September, the Chinese Communists had already begun to apply great, unrelenting pressure on New York University, so much so that after we had been in the United States just three to four months, NYU was already starting to discuss our departure with us.”
“American universities are out chasing the China dollar and are very reluctant to work with dissidents who have a strong voice in China.” said activist Bob Fu, founder and president of Midland, Texas-based ChinaAid in a statement. “It does not always have to be direct pressure from Beijing, there is also self- censorship, particularly if a college president believes their China campus or the future enrollment of Chinese students will be sabotaged.”
According to NYU, the school’s Shanghai portal campus is its second international campus, joining NYU Abu Dhabi. “NYU Shanghai offers a study away option for students interested in a semester or year studying in this exciting business and cultural center,” trumpets the somewhat prestigious school’s website.
Full article: Red scare: Blind Chinese dissident claims Chinese communist conquest of U.S. academia (The Daily Caller)