A very pro-Beijing professor has been expelled from Singapore and will never be allowed to return for collaborating with foreign secret agents, Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement on Friday.
Huang Jing, a China-born professor with US citizenship serving as the Lee Foundation Professor on US-China relations at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), as well as the director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the school, has been named “an agent of influence of a foreign country” by the MHA.
The ministry’s statement accuses Huang of having “knowingly interacted with intelligence organisations and agents of the foreign country, and co-operated with them to influence the Singapore Government’s foreign policy and public opinion in Singapore.”
The statement gives one example of Huang giving supposedly “privileged information” to a senior member of the LKYSPP so that it would be conveyed to the Singapore government and cause a change in foreign policy.
Both Huang and his wife, Shirley Yang Xiuping, have had their permanent residence status revoked and have been permanently banned from Singapore. Yang was accused of being aware of her husband using his position to “advance the agenda of a foreign country.”
However, the MHA statement fails to name what country the couple are accused of working for. Huang is known for his very pro-Beijing views, regularly publishing articles in international and mainland Chinese publications like the Global Times.
But Huang is also a man of the world who has been consulted by a wide-range of governments, businesses, schools and nonprofits in China, the United States, Europe and Asia. After completing a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in China, he left to study in the United States in the 1980s where he went on to get his doctorate at Harvard and work at the Brookings Institution, Stanford and Utah State.
He has written extensively on numerous aspects of China, including elite Chinese politics and US-China relations, and has received awards and distinctions for his writings.
LKYSPP has suspended Professor Huang without pay with immediate effect, explaining that his employment is conditional on the necessary permits for working in Singapore — which have been revoked. Following the MHA announcement, the National University of Singapore (NUS) released a statement, calling this a “matter of serious concern” and adding that it “does not tolerate such acts of foreign interference.”
Huang became known throughout the city last year following a heated argument with a taxi driver over a $1 tip in which he demanded that the driver step out of his vehicle as a way of showing respect to him — a university professor.
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