Friday, November 26, 2004

"Banned in Hohhot"

A Mongolian heavy metal band, Hurd, have been thwarted in their attempt to play in front of 2,000 fans in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia by the Chinese Authorities.

It may seem like a minor issue, but is a good illustration of the problems China has with ethnic minorities. The Chinese government simply doesn't trust its own people.

People with money in their pockets thanks to greater prosperity are unlikely to take this kind of thing forever. China will be lucky if it's still in one piece by 2050.