April 19, 2006
comes to standing up to China, it appears Japan is the place to
be. The Inner Mongolian People's Party (IMPP) thinks so, at
least. Last month, the international political organization,
which works to protect the rights of the ethnic Mongol minority
in China, moved its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to
say 'no' to China," said IMPP chairman Temtsiltu Shobtsood, 49.
"Therefore, it is a trustworthy country for us."
addition, more people are starting to move to Japan from the
Inner Mongolia autonomous region, home to about 4 million ethnic
5,000 students, who have come from the autonomous region, are
now living in Japan, " said Temtsiltu. "The figure is
incomparably larger than 500 in North America and 300 in
which last month marked the ninth anniversary of its founding,
is also tackling the issue of grassland desertification in the
claims that the desertification is caused by excessive grazing
by animals that accompany nomads, many of whom are ethnic
Mongols. Temtsiltu takes issue with this argument.
Chinese government's long-time agricultural policy, people of
the mainstream Han have moved to the autonomous region as
farmers and have deprived the nomads of their grazing lands," he
result, nomads have been forced to be engaged in excessive
grazing activities." Temtsiltu himself knows firsthand the
difficulty of standing up to the Chinese government.
Hohhot, the capital of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, he
has been under surveillance ever since he first took part in a
fearing he would be arrested, he fled to Germany.
He was not
even able to return to China when his parents died.(IHT/Asahi: