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Bilingual Education: A double challenge for educators and students

In China’s far western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, ethnic minorities, mainly Uyghurs, make up some 60% of the population. In China overall, it’s less than 10%. There is a renewed focus on breaking down ethnic barriers and promoting a shared national identity and economic benefits. Mandarin instruction for all is seen as key. Since 2011, the central government has been promoting bilingual education. Today in our series Xinjiang: Exploring China’s New Frontier, reporter Han Bin follows a Uyghur education expert and businesswoman, to see how this policy is being practiced in the remote areas.

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