Wellesley College partnership with China university tested by threats to outspoken professor

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Xia Yeliang is a professor of economics at China's Peking University. Through his classroom lectures and online blogs he has become one of China's most outspoken advocates of political change.

"I can't bear it anymore," he told CBSNews.com. "I think the regression is so shameless. China should have fundamental institutional change to establish constitutional democracy and rule of law. And I believe in the future, all citizens should have independent rights and should have individual freedom."

His views may cost him his job. In the coming weeks, Peking University -- the most prestigious institution of higher learning in China -- will hold a vote on whether to fire him. Xia said that if that happens, he will become the latest victim of a crackdown on freedom of speech under China's new president, Xi Jinping.

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