Protesters in Ulan Bator hold a banner reading “save the Mongolian language” during a demonstration last week against China’s decision to expand use of Mandarin instead of Mongolian in Inner Mongolia. Photo: EPA-EFE Protesters in Ulan Bator hold a banner reading “save the Mongolian language” during a demonstration last week against China’s decision to expand use of Mandarin instead of Mongolian in Inner Mongolia. Photo: EPA-EFE
Protesters in Ulan Bator hold a banner reading “save the Mongolian language” during a demonstration last week against China’s decision to expand use of Mandarin instead of Mongolian in Inner Mongolia. Photo: EPA-EFE

Mongolia: locked between China and the language of identity

  • Mongolia’s president has promoted traditional script and culture but has so far not spoken out directly about protests across the border against greater use of Mandarin in the classroom
  • Observers say the country is caught between its economic reliance on its neighbour and its desire to promote its mother tongue

Topic |   US-China relations
Protesters in Ulan Bator hold a banner reading “save the Mongolian language” during a demonstration last week against China’s decision to expand use of Mandarin instead of Mongolian in Inner Mongolia. Photo: EPA-EFE Protesters in Ulan Bator hold a banner reading “save the Mongolian language” during a demonstration last week against China’s decision to expand use of Mandarin instead of Mongolian in Inner Mongolia. Photo: EPA-EFE
Protesters in Ulan Bator hold a banner reading “save the Mongolian language” during a demonstration last week against China’s decision to expand use of Mandarin instead of Mongolian in Inner Mongolia. Photo: EPA-EFE
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