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Preserving the Manas: Breathing New Life into a Kirgiz Epic

Source: Updated: 2023-08-29

Manas is indeed not just a treasure of the Chinese nation, but also a cultural gem along the route of the Belt and Road Initiative, playing an important role in cultural exchanges between countries along the way. President Xi Jinping stressed that cultural heritage assets like Manas are treasures of both ethnic minority groups and the entire Chinese nation. He called for effective protection, preservation, and collation of such heritage to ensure it is kept alive and flourishes.