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World China 'Censorship' Forces Closure of Genghis Khan Museum Exhibit in France

14:05  14 october  2020
14:05  14 october  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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China tried to censure the words " Genghis Khan " from an upcoming exhibition dedicated to Genghis Khan in France , according to a museum in Nantes. "We are now forced to postpone this exhibition to October 2024 due to the hardening of the Chinese government's position against the Mongolian

Genghis Khan is Mongolia's most famous historical figure JOEL SAGET AFP. A French museum won backing from scholars on Tuesday for its decision to halt an exhibition about Mongol leader Genghis Khan because of a censorship attempt by the Chinese government.

A museum in France has decried what it calls "censorship" by the Chinese government, after pressure from Beijing prompted the institution to postpone a planned exhibit about the Mongol emperor Genghis Khan.

This file photo shows a Mongolian in front of the Genghis Khan statue in Tsonjin Boldog, Mongolia, on July 16 , 2016. © JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images/Getty This file photo shows a Mongolian in front of the Genghis Khan statue in Tsonjin Boldog, Mongolia, on July 16 , 2016.

AFP reported Wednesday that the Château des ducs de Bretagne history museum in the city of Nantes, western France, would delay its Mongol Empire exhibition after Chinese authorities demanded the removal of certain words from the show.

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Genghis Khan is Mongolia's most famous historical figure AFP. A French museum won backing from scholars on Tuesday for its decision to halt an exhibition about Mongol leader Genghis Khan because of a censorship attempt by the Chinese government.

The Mausoleum of Genghis Khan is a temple dedicated to Genghis Khan , where he is worshipped as ancestor, dynastic founder, and deity.

These included "Genghis Khan," "Empire" and "Mongol." Chinese authorities also requested control over the exhibition's brochure, legends and maps, AFP reported.

The incident comes as Beijing intensifies pressure on ethnic Mongolians in its northern Inner Mongolia province, where local groups fear the Chinese Communist Party is trying to suppress local language and culture.

Bertrand Guillet, the director of the Nantes museum, said: "We made the decision to stop this production in the name of the human, scientific and ethical values that we defend."

The Chinese Bureau of Cultural Heritage was the body pushing the museum to make changes to the exhibition, the museum said. The body oversees Chinese museums and is responsible for the protection of Chinese cultural relics. The Nantes show was being planned in collaboration with the Inner Mongolia Museum in Hohhot, China.

China demanded a French museum to remove the words 'Genghis Khan' from a Genghis Khan exhibition, as it continues cracking down on Mongolian culture

  China demanded a French museum to remove the words 'Genghis Khan' from a Genghis Khan exhibition, as it continues cracking down on Mongolian culture The museum postponed the exhibition for three years in response to what the director called "acts of censorship of the central Chinese authorities."The exhibition at the Château des ducs de Bretagne museum in Nantes, western France, devised in partnership with the Inner Mongolia Museum in Hohhot, China, was about the infamous Mongolian leader who conquered a huge empire in the 12th century.

The Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (simplified Chinese : 中国人民抗日战争纪念馆; traditional Chinese : 中國人民抗日戰爭紀念館; pinyin: Zhōngguó Rénmín Kàngrì Zhànzhēng Jìniànguǎn)

Genghis Khan - Art and design inspiration from around the world - CreativeRoots. Genghis Khan was the emperor of the Mongol Empire, the largest contiguous empire in history. He came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia.

The Nantes museum told AFP that the Chinese government bureau began pushing for changes to the exhibition, "including notably elements of biased rewriting of Mongol culture in favour of a new national narrative."

This, the institution said, amounted to "censorship" and represented a "hardening ... of the position of the Chinese government against the Mongolian minority," AFP reported.

Newsweek has contacted the Chinese embassy in France to request comment on the report.

Chinese authorities have previously sought to influence cultural events abroad to bring them more in line with the CCP's totalitarian and nationalistic ideology.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for example, told governors in February that the Chinese government pressured a Chicago high school to disinvite a Taiwanese representative who was due to sit on a panel on climate change last year. Beijing claims Taiwan as its territory and objects to any indication of the democratic island's independence.

The CCP now appears to be trying to suppress Mongolian traditions and encourage a more homogenous, Han Chinese culture in Inner Mongolia, as it has previously done in Tibet and Xinjiang.

Last month, thousands of ethnic Mongolians protested against new government plans to replace the Mongolian language with Mandarin Chinese for teaching three school subjects. Mongolian and Korean language teaching will continue for other subjects, but protesters fear that Mongolian will eventually be relegated to a secondary language.

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