Removing Mongol stink from premise, or the party moves slowly but surely. One of the trends in the last few years is Communist Party ethnic policy making a complete 180. Rather than Soviet style ethnogenesis and actually creating potentially hostile social outgroups, it has
reversed course and instead going full bore on assimilationism by first reducing the incentives to minority ethnic identification (gaokao score bonuses) and now straight up doing away with primary education in anything other than Mandarin. The natural suspects are of course
screaming about it. The next on the chopping block are the ethnic Mongols. The crying by Mongol ethnats and their Western sympathizers are laughable once you realize that actual Mongolian nationalists barely consider Chinese Mongols as actual Mongols. Part of this is simply
Khalkha chauvinism but the other half is that the present Chinese Mongols are already 40% intermixed households. Only a little more than a third of self identified ethnic Mongol children even make use of the primarily Mongol language curriculum and Mandarin literacy is so common
that the change from Mongolian as the language of instruction to a language subject will have little practical impact. If the immediate impact is so irrelevant then why make the change? It's a matter of Schelling points. Why does the US stress a warped multiculturalism while its
society metastasizes all other cultures, because it's a politically useful signal. China works the same way, just towards the different goals.

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