Singapore expels professor, calls him ‘agent of influence’ for foreign power
On his biography, now taken down from the university website, Huang was described as an “internationally recognized expert on Chinese politics, China’s foreign relations and security issues in Asia-Pacific.”
He studied at universities in both the United States and China, including Harvard from which he received his doctorate in political science.
Local media the Straits Times said it was the first case of its kind in nearly two decades.
CNN attempted to contact Huang for comment but has not received a response. The ministry did not name the foreign power with which Huang is accused of working.
Ministry: Huang attempted to influence policy
In its statement, Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs accused Huang of working with intelligence agents from the unnamed foreign country to change policy inside Singapore.
“He engaged prominent and influential Singaporeans and gave them what he claimed was ‘privileged information’ about the foreign country. … Huang also recruited others in aid of his operations,” the statement alleged.
The ministry claimed some of the information reached senior public officials who would be in a position to change Singapore’s public policy. “However, the Singapore government declined to act on the ‘privileged information,’ ” the statement said.
The ministry also accused Huang’s wife of being aware of her husband’s work to “advance the agenda of a foreign country.”
A representative for the National University of Singapore told CNN that Huang had been suspended without pay until the matter was resolved, but he would likely not be able to work at the university due to the revoking of his entry permit.
“This is a matter of serious concern, and (the school) is cooperating fully with (the ministry). (The university) does not tolerate such acts of foreign interference,” the representative said.
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