A French museum has postponed an exhibit about Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan citing interference by the Chinese authorities, which it accuses of making an attempt to rewrite historical past.
The Château des ducs de Bretagne historical past museum within the western metropolis of Nantes mentioned it has put the present concerning the fearsome 13th-century chief on maintain for over three years.
In an announcement, Monday, the museum’s director Bertrand Guillet mentioned, “We made the choice to cease this manufacturing within the title of the human, scientific and moral values that we defend.”
It mentioned the Chinese authorities demanded that sure phrases, together with “Genghis Khan,” “Empire” and “Mongol,” be taken out of the present. Subsequently, it mentioned that they requested for energy over exhibition brochures, legends and maps.
The spat comes as China has taken a harder line towards ethnic Mongols, a lot of whom stay within the northern province of Inner Mongolia.
The exhibit was deliberate in collaboration with the Inner Mongolia Museum in Hohhot, China. But tensions arose, the Nantes museum mentioned, when the Chinese Bureau of Cultural Heritage pressured the museum for modifications to the unique plan, “together with notable parts of biased rewriting of Mongol tradition in favor of a brand new nationwide narrative.”
The museum branded it “censorship” and mentioned it underlined a “hardening … of the place of the Chinese authorities towards the Mongolian minority.”
The Chinese Consulate in Paris didn’t instantly return requires remark.