Chinese Communist Party critic Xu Zhangrun offered Harvard University research post

Chinese Communist Party critic Xu Zhangrun offered Harvard University research post

  • Fairbank Centre invites former Tsinghua professor to take up one-year appointment in the US but Xu unable to leave the country
  • Centre says offer is sign of support for Xu, who was dismissed amid claims that he solicited prostitutes, allegations he strongly denies

law professor who lost his job at one of China’s top universities after his fierce criticism of the Communist Party has been offered a research position at Harvard University.

Former Tsinghua University professor Xu Zhangrun has been appointed an associate in research at Harvard’s Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies for the 2020-21 academic year.

The centre sent a letter to Xu on August 13, inviting him to serve as a research fellow for one year from July 1 but Xu has been banned from leaving China.