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China expels German student who researched rights lawyers

AP  |  Beijing 

A German man has learned the hard way that practicing in China, even for a class project, could lead to serious

David Missal, 24, was pursuing a master's degree in and communication at prestigious University in Beijing. He was due to return to on Sunday after immigration authorities told him his student visa was canceled and he had a week to leave

Missal said he thinks that's because he reported on the plight of jailed human rights lawyers in a class. Missal said a this year warned him twice against pursuing the politically sensitive subject, but he went ahead anyway because he wanted to "get to learn Chinese society and politics."

"In a way, the last two months I did get to learn more Chinese society and politics," Missal said, referring to his own case.

detained 300 people nationwide on July 9, 2015, as part of its biggest crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists. Several received lengthy sentences for subversion of state power while a few still await sentencing.

That action against Missal underscores China's extreme sensitivity to foreign attention to the crackdown, word of which has rarely appeared in China's entirely and on the heavily policed Chinese internet.

Missal said his work was never published beyond his personal blog and YouTube, which he thinks was seen by less than 100 people.

Tsinghua's propaganda office said it could not immediately comment and had to look into the case.

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 11:00 IST