Beijing [China], May 31 (ANI): U.S. writer Peter Hessler, who spoke out against China’s “wrong” response to the COVID-19 outbreak, said he would return to the United States after a Chinese university refused to renew its teaching contract.
This comes at a time when China-US relations are at an all-time low and Beijing is trying to curb foreign influence in its education system.
Hessler, a fluent Mandarin speaker also known by his Chinese name He Wei, is a correspondent for The New Yorker in China, the South China Morning Post reported.
Since 2019, Hessler has been headquartered in Chengdu City, where he is an assistant professor at Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute.
The institute confirmed the decision, but gave no reason.
Last year, Hessler, in a lengthy article published by The New Yorker, explained how the Chinese government had responded to the COVID-19 outbreak after its spread from Wuhan.
He noted that the Chinese government had “mistaken its initial response to the coronavirus” and noted the differences between its two seasons in Chengdu, noting that control of the ruling Communist Party in China was “even more powerful than it remembered.” and relations with the United States were even worse. “
“For Americans, China was essentially closed,” he wrote. “Once the United States began to lose the small core of diplomats, journalists, and businessmen based in China, the country’s already limited knowledge would have to wane.” In a statement posted on Chinese social media platform Douban on his behalf over the weekend, Hessler stressed that he had “really enjoyed returning to the classroom after more than 20 years.”
“I have been impressed with my students at Sichuan University and have also been fortunate to work with great instructors and staff at Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute,” he said in a message from his friend, the translator of Chengdu. He Yujia.
“We hope to return to China in the near future. Regardless, we will have very fond memories of Chengdu and our experiences here,” he added.
Daniel Rechtschaffen, government relations manager at the Shanghai American Chamber of Commerce, tweeted on Sunday that it was “sad to see such a fantastic salesman, who does wonders for breaking China’s negative foreign perceptions, be expelled. it is really the loss of China as much as that of Hessler. ” (ANI)