Chinese residents of Italy wave Chinese and Italian flags as they wait for the arrival of Xi Jinping in Rome on March 22. China has long viewed language instruction as a necessary component for achieving diplomacy and trade goals, and the Belt and Road Initiative has resulted in a wave of new languages as majors. Photo: EPA-EFE
Celine Sui
Opinion

Opinion

Celine Sui

The belt and road isn’t just re-routing investment, but also foreign language instruction in China

  • As China eyes partnerships across Asia, Oceania, Europe and Africa, new majors have sprung up at the country’s venerable institutions of foreign-language instruction

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Chinese residents of Italy wave Chinese and Italian flags as they wait for the arrival of Xi Jinping in Rome on March 22. China has long viewed language instruction as a necessary component for achieving diplomacy and trade goals, and the Belt and Road Initiative has resulted in a wave of new languages as majors. Photo: EPA-EFE
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