BanglaHunt Desk: When Chinese President Xi Jinping last week advised the Chinese military to “be ready for war to protect its sovereignty”, most observers described it as a hidden threat to India in the renewed border crisis. Because the spokesperson of the Chinese Communist Party, The Global Times, has been writing similarly offensive articles targeting India in the last few days.
Border disputes between China and India are nothing new, but the question is why did this crisis suddenly start inside this coronavirus pandemic?
As many Western and Indian analysts write, China has been trying to expand its sphere of influence in the world for some time, and while the coronavirus pandemic is plaguing the world, Beijing is using it as an opportunity to achieve its goals. Not only is there pressure on the border, but China has begun to take more drastic steps to establish sovereignty in Hong Kong.
These observers say that in the wake of the 2008 global economic downturn, Beijing has similarly sought to influence countries in crisis by providing loans. China has been trying to rebuild Tibet for many years since it took over the isolated mountainous country in the 1950s.
The Chinese government calls Tibet an autonomous region. Yet its people and government have no autonomy. In addition to suppressing Buddhism, their language was a particular goal of Chinese efforts to assimilate Tibetans.
Now, China is banning the use of Tibetan language in primary schools for instructions. Human Rights Watch said the measures violated China's own constitution, which protects the rights of minority languages. Human Rights Watch is a global organization that conducts research and advocacy for human rights. Its findings are supported by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
China has introduced compulsory bilingual pre-kindergartens and kindergartens. A great idea for kids to become bilingual words. There is a catch in the classes, although it starts at the age of 3 when Tibetan children are exclusively immersed in the Chinese language.