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‘We could be the next Uyghurs’

After Tibet and Xinjiang, Beijing is now looking to Inner Mongolia. The autonomous region in China has a strong local culture, at risk of being assimilated into the Han ethnic majority. While there are no reports of internment camps or mass arrests, Mongolian activists say they have been witnessing the first signs of forced assimilation, including the sidelining of the local language, the destruction or banning of cultural symbols, and the introduction of patriotism classes.

In Mongolian elementary and middle schools, students were able to receive an education in their local language until September 2020, when a new policy called for compulsory literature, history and political science courses to be taught in Chinese. This policy also called for students to begin learning Mandarin Chinese one year earlier than in their previous curriculum.  

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