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Forced to Conform

“All nationalities shall embrace tightly like little pomegranate seeds,” posters in English and Mandarin exhort the public in Urumqi and other cities in China’s Muslim majority region. The saying is attributed to China’s President Xi Jinping, who apparently believes the country’s 20-odd ethnic groups must be like one. Other posters are a little puzzling as they urge “national unity like closing one’s eyes.” Perhaps the translation from Mandarin went haywire somewhere.