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World Xi calls for the implementation of Mandarin as the language of instruction in Inner Mongolia

16:05  06 march  2021
16:05  06 march  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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China's head of state Xi Jinping urges the implementation of the national language Mandarin also among minorities in the country. With a view to protests against a new language law in Inner Mongolia Province, Xi said at the national people's congress in Beijing that the authorities there had to "persist" in promoting Mandarin and correct "misconceptions" of nationality and culture.

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Mandarin could promote national cohesion in the country, Xi said, according to reports from state media on Saturday. The authorities in Inner Mongolia should "solve the ethnic problems" and enforce the use of textbooks that are widely used throughout China. Last year, a controversial ordinance came into force in the northern Chinese province to completely replace Mongolian in textbooks with Mandarin.

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Tens of thousands of people took part in demonstrations and school boycotts in protest against the law. The authorities threatened parents who, in protest, no longer wanted to send their children to school with dismissals and fines. In one district, the authorities even offered children financial rewards if they succeeded in convincing their classmates to return to class.

There are close ethnic, cultural and linguistic ties between the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia and the neighboring state of Mongolia. Critics accuse the Chinese leadership of forcibly integrating minorities into the majority population of the Han Chinese through their rigorous assimilation policy and of wanting to suppress or even abolish their cultural, linguistic and religious peculiarities. The government in Beijing has come under massive international criticism, particularly because of its actions against minorities in Xinjiang Province and Tibet.

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Xi now said that the people of Inner Mongolia must "learn by heart that the Han ethnic group cannot be separated from the ethnic minorities and that the ethnic minorities cannot be separated from the Han ethnic group". The provincial authorities should "do a good job" by "popularizing" the nationally customary language - that is, Mandarin. State broadcaster CCTV showed video footage of the People's Congress showing delegates from Inner Mongolia applauding Xi as he spoke on Friday.

During the People's Congress, the Chinese Communist Party sets its economic and political priorities for the coming year. Taken bills are almost always adopted by the thousands of delegates with an overwhelming majority.

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