PARIS — A French tradition has postponed a display about Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan mentioning interference from the Chinese authorities, which it accuses of trying to rewrite history.
The Château des ducs de Bretagne history museum in the western town of Nantes reported that it was placing the show regarding the fearsome 13th-century pioneer on hold for more than three decades.
In a statement Monday, the museum’s manager Bertrand Guillet stated”we chose to stop this creation from the title of the individual, ethical and scientific values which we defend.”
It said the Chinese government demanded that specific words, such as”Genghis Khan,” Empire” and”Mongol” be taken from this series. Afterward, it stated they requested for electricity over display brochures, maps, and legends.
The display has been planned in cooperation with the Inner Mongolia Museum at Hohhot, China. But anxieties arose, the Nantes ministry stated when the Chinese Bureau of Cultural Heritage forced the memorial for modifications to the original strategy,” including especially elements of biased rewriting of Mongol culture in favor of a new national story “
The memorial branded it”censorship” and said that it underlined a”hardening… of this job of the Chinese authorities against the Mongolian minority”
The Chinese consulate in Paris didn’t immediately return calls for comment.