CHINA 52 ethnic minorities have own spoken languages in China: white paper


52 ethnic minorities have own spoken languages in China: white paper


13:48, June 24, 2021

Pupils take lessons at Yingpan Ethnic Primary School in Xishan Township of Mangshi City, Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, Southwest China's Yunnan Province, June 21, 2019. (File photo: Xinhua)

BEIJING, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Of China's 55 ethnic minorities, 52 have their own spoken languages, with the exception of the Hui, who have used Han Chinese historically, and the Manchu and She peoples who now generally use Han Chinese, according to a white paper released Thursday.

The white paper on the practice of the Communist Party of China in respecting and protecting human rights was released by the State Council Information Office.

Over 20 ethnic minority groups use nearly 30 written scripts, said the white paper.

It added that the Chinese government protects by law the legitimate use of the spoken and written languages of ethnic minorities in the areas of administration and judicature, press and publishing, radio, film and television, and culture and education.

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