Email Suggests Embattled Chinese Scholar Was Fired for Political Views

When Xia Yeliang was fired by Peking University this past fall, the Chinese economist and human-rights campaigner said his dismissal had been politically motivated. University officials denied the charge, saying that Mr. Xia was simply a poor teacher.

But an email obtained by The Chronicle and published below suggests that Mr. Xia's political views may well have played a role in the