An open letter to President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang
Dear President Xi and Prime Minister Li,
We the undersigned are members of the global China Studies community. We are deeply concerned by the travel restrictions recently placed upon Professor Feng Chongyi of the University of Technology Sydney, which have prevented him from departing the People’s Republic of China and returning to his workplace and family in Sydney since last week.
Professor Feng is an internationally respected scholar of intellectual and political developments in modern and contemporary China. He is the author of a number of groundbreaking books, and a frequent commentator on issues of importance in the Australian media. He is, furthermore, a vital contributor to the global China Studies community, and his presence in Australia has significantly enhanced its learning and research environments in Chinese Studies.
We are disturbed that a fellow researcher, who has dedicated himself to promote the understanding of and interest in China, has been prevented from returning to his home and workplace for no reason other than his conscientious work as a China Studies scholar. Such actions make it difficult for the rest of us to be confident in the research environment in China today, anddo not contribute positively to the continued construction of open and productive higher education collaboration between China and the rest of the world.
In light of China’s commitment to expanding international scholarly engagements, we respectfully request that Professor Feng be released and permitted to return to his workplace and home in Sydney.
Geremie R Barmé, The Australian National University Mark Beeson, The University of Western Australia Jean-Philippe Béja, CERI-Sciences-Po Gregor Benton, Cardiff University David Brophy, University of Sydney Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Hong Kong Baptist University Kevin Carrico, Macquarie University Carolyn Cartier, University of Technology, Sydney Anita Chan, The Australian National University Josephine Chiu-Duke, University of British Columbia Michael Clarke, The Australian National University J. Michael Cole, University of Nottingham, CPI Anders Corr, U.S. Naval Institute Gloria Davies, Monash University Michael C. Davis, University of Hong Kong Bonnie Dawson, University of New South Wales Clayton Dube, University of Southern California Antonia Finnane, University of Melbourne Edward Friedman, University of Wisconsin, Madison Hualing Fu, The University of Hong Kong Mark Harrison, University of Tasmania Emily M. Hill, Queen’s University Charles Horner, Hudson Institute Zejia Hu (MA, University of Technology, Sydney) Christopher R. Hughes, London School of Economics Victoria Hui, University of Notre Dame J. Bruce Jacobs, Monash University Ellen R. Judd, University of Manitoba Andrew Kipnis, The Australian National University Seong-Hyon Lee, The Sejong Institute James Leibold, La Trobe University Perry Link, University of California, Riverside Rory Medcalf, National Security College, The Australian National University Alice Lyman Miller, Hoover Institution, Stanford University Andrew J. Nathan, Columbia University Eva Pils, Kings College London David C. Schak, Griffith University Orville Schell, Center on US-China Relations, Asia Society Victor Shih, University of California, San Diego Alvin Y. So, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Dorothy Solinger, University of California, Irivine Yongyi Song, California State University, Los Angeles Warren Sun, Monash University Frederick Teiwes, University of Sydney Steve Tsang, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Jonathan Unger, The Australian National University Jeffrey Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine Martin Williams (PhD, University of Technology, Sydney, 2005) Teresa Wright, California State University, Long Beach Ming Xia, The City University of New York Haiqing Yu, The University of New South Wales Jinjiang Zhong, Australian Values Alliance David Zweig, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology