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Drum Tower: Yunnan Mongolians

China’s attempt to assimilate ethnic minorities leaves no stone unturned. It has even reached one of China’s quirkiest communities—a pocket of 6,000 people in a Mongolian township in Yunnan province, more than 2,500km from Inner Mongolia where most ethnic Mongols live. 


David Rennie, our Beijing bureau chief reports from a traditional Naadam ceremony in Xingmeng. Together with Alice Su, our senior China correspondent, they ask: What does the Party’s treatment of this tiny community tell us about ethnic policy in Xi Jinping’s China? 


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