Preferential policies – seen by Han Chinese as giving ethnic minorities unfair benefits – are changing
Police crackdown on those who abuse the law may also be on the way, as campaigns stressing national identity are expanded.
China is set to scale back its affirmative action policies for ethnic minorities, which could result in curbs on education opportunities as well as removal of tax benefits and other subsidies for as many as 110 million people. That’s more than four times the population of Australia.A police crackdown on ethnic groups that abuse the law could also be coming, along with tougher anti-corruption measures. In tandem, the state will expand campaigns that stress national identity over ethnic roots, a drive that has been spurred by the widely reported conflicts with Muslim communities in the far western Xinjiang region.Chinese President Xi Jinping has thrown his weight behind the move. In a speech in September, he said “national role models” were needed for ethnic unity and progress. “All citizens of all ethnic groups are equal before the law,” he said.