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Chinese prof banned from classrooms over speech


BEIJING (AP) — An outspoken college law professor calling for constitutional rule has been banned from teaching, as the Chinese authorities tighten ideological controls, including launching an unusual assault on advocacy of constitutionalism.

Zhang Xuezhong, a teacher at East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, said he was notified last week that he is no longer qualified to teach any course at the school.

University president He Qinhua declined to comment, and calls to the university's news office were not answered on Saturday.

Zhang said university officials said his June article critical of anti-constitutionalism was, in fact, unconstitutional and in violation of laws regulating teachers' behaviors.

China has a constitution, but it is secondary to the Communist Party, while advocates of constitutionalism want the party to operate within the constitution.

A weekly newspaper in southern China was heavily censored earlier this year when it suggested China's dream should be the dream of constitutional rule. Since May, state media and party publications have published a series of strongly worded editorials denouncing talk of constitutional rule, saying it was a western political tool that is incompatible with China's social system.

In his June article, Zhang warned that the editorials would stifle the propagation of constitutional values such as freedom of speech, democracy and rule of law, and urged China's leaders to build a constitutional nation.

Zhang has a history of irking the authorities. He is a staunch opponent to China's political indoctrination of its youth, arguing university students should be spared from the compulsory, ideologically charged courses on Marxism.

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palani wrote:
China has a constitution, but it is secondary to the Communist Party, while advocates of constitutionalism want the party to operate within the constitution.

This could plausibly be revised as follows:

The U.S. has a constitution, but it is secondary to the Democrat Party, while advocates of constitutionalism want the party to operate within the constitution.

on August 24,2013 | 04:58AM
cojef wrote:
Sameo, sameo, as you say. The President through his 16 Czars runs our government much to the chagrin of its citizens. The "phony scandals" is the President's answer to the real scandals that has occurred thus far in his administration. The ACA is designed to force the free enterprise health insurance from the market place to enable a single-payer system which means, now the government is the provider of health care and can dictate the level of care for the masses, just like in Communist countries. East Germany tried the communist system and found it unworkable, we had a free-market system, but it is slowly being eroded into a government sponsored system. The EPA, perhaps is the biggest stumbling block to free economy. They have tried start-up business operations in the energy arena and have had more failures than successes, all at taxpayers expense. Obama is a progressive socialist.
on August 24,2013 | 06:56AM
false wrote:
It's all about decision makers. Whomever has the power gets to make the decisions. Conventions of a constitution go with the integrity of any union. Some unions are ethical and some aren't. Classroom conventions are limited to behaving in a manner to survive. Kids may need hugging, but hugs are not allowed. Thinking is as long as it is not promoting some political agenda. That goes every where, not only in China. Kids don't know what statehood day means because some of us don't believe in it. It was a great holiday albeit empty.
on August 24,2013 | 06:30AM
samidunn wrote:
Guess he didn't have tenure.
on August 24,2013 | 10:37AM
palani wrote:
China's answer to tenure is the death penalty.
on August 24,2013 | 11:00AM
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