Nov. 19 (UPI) — A number one Korean Warfare historian in China has had his on-line lectures suspended after he allegedly expressed an opinion concerning the battle that contradicts official narratives, stories say.

Hong Kong-based information service HK01 reported Shen Zhihua, a Chinese language historian at East China Regular College, had been conducting lectures on the socialist mannequin of the Soviet Union. The lecture was taken offline on Nov. 5 from Chinese language video platform Bilibili after viewers issued a criticism, in accordance with the report.

The suspension got here after one commenter stated the professor was defending concepts that “denied” the claims Chinese language chief Xi Jinping made in an October speech about China’s entry into the Korean Warfare.

The historical past division of Capital Regular College in Beijing, the varsity internet hosting Shen’s lectures, stated in a written assertion Shen’s webinar was canceled as a result of a report of “malicious” content material.

“We deeply apologize for stopping the lectures,” the varsity stated.

In his speech commemorating the 70th anniversary of China’s involvement within the conflict, Xi stated, “The forces of China and North Korea defeated their armed-to-teeth rival and shattered the parable of invincibility of the U.S. military.” China delivered a blow to Western “imperialism,” Xi stated.

Shen has been vocal about China’s relationship with the 2 Koreas. In 2017, Shen stated China ought to rethink its decades-long assist for North Korea, and draw nearer to the South, a U.S. ally.

“In overseas coverage, economics, politics, every thing, the pursuits of China and North Korea had diverged, and the premise for an alliance had disintegrated. The treaty of alliance between China and North Korea grew to become a bit of scrap paper,” Shen stated a yr earlier than Xi would meet with Kim Jong Un of their first summit.

China has turn out to be extra outspoken on the world stage, concentrating on U.S. allies like Australia.

A Chinese language diplomat in Canberra just lately launched a doc to Australian journalists outlining “14 grievances” towards the Australian authorities. China accused Australia of “poisoning bilateral relations,” Bloomberg reported Wednesday.