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World In Progress: China sparks protests over limiting Mongolian language in schools

Parents and students in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia have protested Beijing's measure to limit Mongolian language teaching and extend core classes held in Mandarin. The move is part of the Chinese government's idea of bringing ethnic minorities in line with official ideology and policies.

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While measures against Uighurs continue in Western China, another development in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia has led to protests and resistance from its population in recent weeks. They were sparked by new rules for schools. Beijing has ordered all schools in the region to reduce the amount of teaching in the Mongolian language. Instead all key subjects in schools will  now only be taught in Mandarin. Parents and teachers in inner Mongolia have started school strikes, and there have been protests in several citites. Observers have warned of another "cultural genocide" in China - and fear the new rules herald measures similar to what's been happening in Xinjiang and Tibet for years. 


 

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