BEIJING (AP) — An elite Chinese university has decided to expel an outspoken economist who champions free speech and the rule of law, a move critics say underscores the Communist Party’s intolerance for discussion of democratic values that it believes threatens its legitimacy.
A 34-member faculty at Peking University’s School of Economics voted last week to dismiss Professor Xia Yeliang by a 30-3 vote, with one abstention, in a closed session from which he was excluded, Xia said Friday after being notified of the decision. Calls to the university rang unanswered.
‘‘I am angry inside, but I must face it with composure,’’ said Xia, who will remain employed by the university until his contract expires Jan. 31, more than 13 years after he started teaching there. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.