China: China Boom
Recent reports suggest
Below is an article written by Jill McGivering, published by BBC News:
The report also said greater contact with the rest of
The findings have been published by the Minority Rights Group International and Human Rights in
They assessed the situation of three main ethnic minority groups, the Uighurs, Mongols and Tibetans.
Not only are they becoming increasingly alienated, they are largely missing out on
Where their regions are seeing development, the impact is often damaging.
In many cases, the large-scale building of roads and railways is not boosting local economies, but just facilitating the extraction of raw materials - resources to feed growth in other parts of
In regions such as Xinjiang and
"You can adapt to the world and retain your language and culture, and speak a national language as well. You don't need just to speak one language," Clive Baldwin, of the Minority Rights Group International, said.
They are well aware of the vast gap between the booming coastal provinces and the much less developed west of the country - and are eager to stifle discontent.
The authors of this report suggest that where minorities are concerned, the policies could be having the opposite effect - stoking feelings of resentment amongst communities who see their own culture and way of life coming under growing threat.