Global Times: Putting Mongolian Protests into Context

The following editorial from the Global Times, about recent protests in Inner Mongolia, is still accessible in English but the Chinese version has been removed (though is still accessible here):

In some media reports, the incident has been depicted as a Mongolian protest against Han’s dominance, similar to the Xinjiang riots in 2009 and Tibet unrest in 2008.

However, it is improper to make this link. The Mongolian protests, over a herd being run over by a Han truck driver, are not a politically driven demonstration. Some of their requests are reasonable, and should be responded to by the local government.

Inner Mongolia has been a model area where different ethnic group co-habit in harmony, but like many other ethnic areas, it faces the difficulties of balancing a growing economy and preserving minority culture and lifestyle. The best way can only be found by coming to a consensus.

Anger of local Mongolians toward the Han driver is understandable. The anger is also partly a result of their anxiety over a wave of industrialization, and how the mining industry might affect their lives. We believe the majority of Chinese sympathize with their reasonable requests.

See also: “China response to Inner Mongolia unrest follows pattern mixing firmness and efforts to placate” from the Washington Post.

June 1, 2011 1:51 PM
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