At New York University for the past year, human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng, a leading opponent of China's brutal enforcement of its one-child policy, had found a safe haven from the Chinese government, which held him under house arrest for years.
But late Sunday evening, Chen confirmed a New York Post report that China pressured the university to end its relationship with the activist, blind from birth.
In a statement, Chen, who arrived in New York in May 2012 with his wife and two children, said, "It is true that New York University has asked us to leave before the end of June. In fact, as early as last August and September, the Chinese Communists had already begun to apply great, unrelenting pressure on New York University, 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.
"The work of the Chinese Communists within academic circles in the United States is far greater than what people imagine, and ...1