Little is known about the possible independence movement for an independent nation of Manchuria. However, there are a number of internet sites implying that there is such a movement. Most notably was a thread (see reference ) that was passed around the internet that claimed the existence of such an independence movement and a goal of joining UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization). Furthermore, one of the participants claimed to be a member of the Aisin Gioro clan, the ruling family in what was formerly Manchuria.
It should be noted that during World War II, Manchuria was independent from China as the independent state of Manchukuo, and previously, Manchuria had ruled China (creating much enmity for the non-Han rulers; see Anti-Manchuism). However, in a World War II context, Manchukuo was more of a puppet state of Imperial Japan.
Whether or not an actual independence movement exists is unsure. All the websites claim that the independence movement does exist, and it is not unlikely that this is true, as the Manchu are indeed an ethnic minority, and Manchuria has been independent during many periods of its history. However, as of yet, there is no verifiable proof of the existence and popularity of the movement portrayed by the websites. Indeed, if such a movement did exist, it would be right in line with other such independence movements in China. However, compared to similarly ethnically diverse Tibet, East Turkestan and Inner Mongolia (all members of UNPO), Manchuria's chances of successful secession are much slimmer, especially seeing as there is no province within China where native Manchu still hold the majority, even among those formerly at Manchuria's core heartland.
The Manchu language is considered moribund and may be declared extinct soon, partially due to a conscious attempt by the People's Republic of China at reduction and promotion of Mandarin. Most Manchu now speak Mandarin Chinese, and live as members of one of China's many ethnic minorities. However, there is a small revival movement, and in Beijing, there is a known school class teaching Manchu, mostly attended by ethnic Manchu children.
When compared to Tibet or Sinkiang, which retain their non-Han majorities, their native languages, and have global recognition of their independence movements, including promotion by a number of politicians and celebrities, as well as membership of UNPO, Manchuria's chances of independence are extremely slim.