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Post time 2018-8-5 09:31:27 |Display all floors
(Global Times) A group of 27 Tsinghua University graduates has allegedly called for the firing of one of China's leading economists for reportedly claiming in a speech last year that China's national strength had surpassed that of the US.

China has overtaken the US in all respects, Hu Angang, head of the Institute of Contemporary China Study at Tsinghua University, said in a speech at a workshop hosted by the CITIC Foundation for Reform and Development Studies in April 2017, The Beijing News reported.

China surpassed the US in economic power in 2013, in technology in 2015 and in overall power in 2012, Hu reportedly asserted.

"As of 2016, China's economic power, technology power and overall power is respectively 1.15, 1.31 and 1.36 times that of the US, ranking first in the world," Hu was quoted as saying by the newspaper.  

In a photo of a letter published online by Weibo user yudihanzi, the alumni appealed to the president of Tsinghua University to fire Hu.

Hu's research opposed common sense, the letter said. "It not only exposes him to ridicule… but raises the vigilance of other countries. It misleads the public."

The 27 accused Hu of failing to respect facts and objective data in his studies. More than 500 Tsinghua alumni agreed to sign the statement as of Thursday, yudihanzi posted.

Tsinghua University could not be reached for comment. The letter could not be verified as of press time.

Rhetoric such as "China surpassing the US" is  popular at a time when nationalist sentiments run strong, read a commentary on news site sohu.com.

Hu's remarks, which were packaged as academic research, made him an "academic opportunist," the commentary said. It suggested the university investigate the alleged academic misconduct of Hu.  

Overconfidence toward China's development is not welcomed in Chinese society amid trade tensions between the US and China, Liu Weidong, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, told the Global Times.

Catering to a certain social sentiment or a boasting style of research will damage the academic atmosphere and should be avoided, especially from scholars at public universities, read a Thursday commentary from the Beijing News.



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Post time 2018-8-5 09:31:43 |Display all floors

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Post time 2018-8-5 11:14:08 |Display all floors
Professor must be an ultra nationalist!  Should be fired, since he makes false cliaims that jeopardises China's national interest!

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Post time 2018-8-5 19:11:12 |Display all floors
Hu is right. Weak Chinese elites should be fired for being so impotent at such an important time. China needs more people like Hu speaking the truth. USA should have lost reserve status by now but instead China holds the weak Americans up - it is utterly ridiculous and weak as $%$%.

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Post time 2018-8-5 19:39:33 |Display all floors
I do not understand what Chinese are so afraid of. Look at Huawei. Even with the USA attacking it Huawei sold more phones than apple last quarter and we have desperate and scared US economists telling us that apple is worth a trillion dollars now? Its US economists that should all be fired - they are a joke! You have the Americans telling us that Tesla is worth god knows what even though they sell hardly any vehicles and never stop losing money. And does anyone actually believe US unemployment figures? And look at US debt for Christ sake! And China just allows the fantasy of the Americans to be reality without protest. Plus Ronald Trump is president which makes this such an important window but China is squandering it. What is China afraid of anyway? USA trying to form trade agreements like TPP that exclude China? USA attacking Chinese companies like Huawei? USA treating China like an enemy and encouraging its allies to do the same? What are you so afraid of?

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Post time 2018-8-6 06:50:01 |Display all floors
Mr. Hu is maybe right, who know.
Human lives mean little when those in the WEST see a bigger gain through war

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Post time 2018-8-6 10:54:29 |Display all floors
Hu is fanning the nationalist sentiment in China with false claims; that is very bad, could lead to unwanted reactions from other countries, especially the US; at a time of tensions running high over trade deficits, that is a stupid move.  China has always chosen the unobtrusive, quiet path to development.  Hu's claims attract too much unwamted attention.  He must be censured!

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