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DW News 7 Jan 2021

China's Inner Mongolia policy triggers Mongolian script revival


Our identity, and our sense of nationhood to an extent, is connected to the language that we speak. Sometimes, it becomes a political statement. More and more - that's become the case for people who identify as Mongolian.
Most of them live in the country Mongolia OR in CHINA's province of Inner Mongolia. Language emerged there as a lightning rod issue last year, after Beijing announced Mandarin would replace Mongolian in core school subjects. Many parents there saw it as an effort by China to erase their culture.
Correspondent Mathias Bölinger went to the city of Hohhot after rare protests erupted over the new policy. Here's a look back at the tense atmosphere he observed there.
Those efforts by Beijing to diminish the Mongolian language within China, has caused a stir across the border in Mongolia proper, a country of 3 million people. There the language's classic script is now seeing a revival.

China's Chang'e-5 probe successfully blasted off from the moon this week after collecting lunar samples.

The mission marks the first time since 1976 that a country has attempted to bring back moon rocks and dust to examine. On Friday, the probe successfully unfurled the Chinese national flag on the lunar surface, a feat that took scientists a year to develop. If all goes as planned, the probe is expected to land in Inner Mongolia in less than two weeks. Scientists hope to learn more about the moon, including its precise age.

Joining the discussion:

Stephen Clark is an editor with Spaceflight Now.
Ray Wang is the Principal Analyst and Founder of Constellation Research.
John Zarrella is a distinguished journalist who covers the US space program.
Yang Yuguang is a professor from China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation.
See the winter phenomenon known as rime ice, which occurs when ice forms on the outside of things as temperatures get cold enough to freeze fog. Rime ice formed last week in the city of Ergun in Inner Mongolia, China.
Sara Hsu, CEO of China Rising Capital Forecast and Visiting Scholar at Fudan University, talked about China's role within the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.
Thomas Hayes, Chairman & Managing Member, Great Hill Capital talked about China's latest economic data and the impact of tensions between China and the US.

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