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Chinese authorities have demanded a French exhibition remove the words “Genghis Khan” from its exhibition on the Mongolian warlord, the museum director said in a statement seen by the Associated Press.
The exhibition at the Château des ducs de Bretagne museum in Nantes, western France, devised in partnership with the Inner Mongolia Museum in Hohhot, China, was about the infamous Mongolian leader who conquered a huge empire in the 12th century.
The museum’s director Bertrand Guillet said in a Monday statement that the exhibition had been postponed for three years, citing “acts of censorship of the central Chinese authorities,” according to Le Monde.
Guillet said the Chinese Bureau of Cultural Heritage had demanded numerous changes, including removing the words “Genghis Khan,” “empire,” and “Mongol,” according to the AP.
The bureau also requested that it take control over exhibition brochures, maps, and legends, the AP reported.
Guillet said the bureau tried to make changes “including notably elements of biased rewriting of Mongol culture in favor of a new national narrative,” according to the AP.
Guillet said that he took the decision to postpone “in the name of the human, scientific and ethical values that we defend,” the AP reported.
According to Le Monde, he also …read more
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