S'pore student in China sex scandal

S'pore student in China sex scandal

BEIJING - One of China's top schools, Peking University, has fired an associate professor accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a Singaporean student.

Yu Wanli, then an associate professor at the School of International Studies, was accused of having sex with the woman, named Wang Jing, and getting her pregnant.

His teaching credentials have been revoked and he has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party.

In a statement on its website which the Shanghai Daily reported, the school said: "The university always values teachers' moral standards. We will never tolerate any violation of the teachers' code of morality and will be sure to hand down severe punishments."

An alumnus reported Dr Yu to the university's inspection department earlier this month. Previous reports said that the informant was Ms Wang's friend at school.

According to the magazine Foreign Policy, an online post on the account of the People's Daily condemned the professor's conduct, declaring that "chasing beautiful women should not become professors' secondary careers".

Ms Wang became an undergraduate at the School of International Studies in 2004 and started her doctoral programme last year. She met him during a course on United States diplomatic studies last year.

According to Ms Wang, Dr Yu forced himself on her in July last year, when he came to her dormitory for a seminar.

"I was resisting him constantly during the whole process," Ms Wang said during a previous interview, adding that she and Dr Yu had a lasting sexual relationship. 

She discovered that he was married and had a child when he invited her to his home. Ms Wang said she was shocked to see Dr Yu's wedding photograph. But he told her that he and his wife had been separated for a decade and that there was no chemistry between them.

"I told him that I won't be anyone's mistress because it is not fair to me. He said he needed time to work things out," Ms Wang told Huashang Daily.

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