NYU Caves to Pressure from Beijing?

Here’s one of those local stories which should have gotten national attention:

Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, speaking out for the first time since The Post reported the school was giving him the boot, said pressure from Beijing had school officials planning his departure almost as soon as he arrived.

“As early as last August and September, the Chinese Communists had already begun to apply great, unrelenting pressure on New York University,” Chen said in a statement yesterday.

“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.”


According to the report, NYU is trying to get help opening another campus — in Shanghai. And University president John Sexton never once met with Chen.

I don’t recall hearing of any New York or national politicians taking up Chen’s case, either. Isn’t that what we used to do for dissidents of oppressive regimes?


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