China worries too few foreigners learning Chinese

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Thu Mar 12 15:05:13 UTC 2009

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China worries too few foreigners learning Chinese

There has been a big rise in the number of foreigners learning
Chinese, but still too few are studying the language, officials said
on Thursday, worried this may affect efforts to soften China's global

China began setting up Confucius Institutes in 2004 to teach Chinese
and they are now in 81 countries, but efforts to expand them are being
hampered by too few teachers and poor teaching materials.

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