President Xi Jinping meets representatives of China’s 56 ethnic groups in Beijing in August last year. Photo: Xinhua
President Xi Jinping meets representatives of China’s 56 ethnic groups in Beijing in August last year. Photo: Xinhua

Is China doubling down on assimilation of its ethnic minorities?

  • Fewer cadres with ethnic minority backgrounds made it on to the Communist Party’s new Central Committee, marking a 10-year low
  • New head of influential party department stressed importance of learning Mandarin when in charge of Inner Mongolia

President Xi Jinping meets representatives of China’s 56 ethnic groups in Beijing in August last year. Photo: Xinhua
President Xi Jinping meets representatives of China’s 56 ethnic groups in Beijing in August last year. Photo: Xinhua
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