Xibe is a Tungusic language spoken in Xinjiang Uyghur
Autonomous Region in north west China by about 30,000 people. It is closely related
to Manchu, though the Xibe people consider themselves a separte
ethnic group. The Xibe were moved to the region in 1764 by
the Ch'ing emperor Qianlong. The language is also known as
Sibe, Xibo or Sibo.
Xibe is taught as a subject in a number of primary schools in Qapqal Xibe
Autonomous County (Cabcal Sibe beye dasangga siyan)
in northern Xinjiang. It is also taught at Ili Normal University.
A number of publications in Xibe were published
between 1954 and 1959 by the People's Publishing House in Ürümqi.
News in Xibe has been published in the Qapqal News since
1946, there are short daily radio broadcasts in Xibe, and occasional