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China accused of depriving Tibetans of their own language, education China-Tibet
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China accused of depriving Tibetans of their own language, education

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 07 Dec 2022, 09:33 pm

Beijing/Lhasa: China's move of conducting "re-education" centers in Xinjiang, with an aim to target Uyghur Muslims, was first tested in Tibet, media reports said on Wednesday.

"There is no hope for our new generations. They are shifting to Chinese-only education," Dr Gyal Lo, a sociologist and specialist in education policy in Tibet, told RFI. "It will have a long-term effect."

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping prioritised Mandarin language education for China's "official minorities" – Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongols, Manchus – first at the 2014 Central Ethnic Work Conference, reports RFI.

Beijing, as a part of the policy, aggressively altered language education in minority areas like Xinjiang and Tibet.

"The society is systematically being controlled," Gyal Lo, who in a recent publication in the Tibet Review describes China's handling of Tibet as "colonial", was quoted as saying by RFI.