China's prestigious Peking University has defended its controversial weekend sacking of an outspoken pro-democracy professor by saying Xia Yeliang had earned poor marks for teaching.
A general view shows Tiananmen Square and the Great Hall of the People (C) amid the Beijing skyline, on August 3, 2013
The dismissal of Xia on Friday generated international attention and criticism in domestic social media, and came as China's new leadership has taken measures to silence high-profile critics.
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