For the Han Chinese majority, the people of the grasslands are a source of fascination and fear

One of China’s Most Ambitious Attempts at Social Engineering

“In what amounts to one of the most ambitious attempts made at social engineering, the Chinese government is in the final stages of a 15-year-old campaign to settle the millions of pastoralists who once roamed China’s vast borderlands. By year’s end, Beijing claims it will have moved the remaining 1.2 million herders into towns that provide access to schools, electricity and modern health care.” Read more at The New York Times .

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