Language crucial for exchanges

Learning other tongues a better way to understand cultures and attitudes in a rapidly evolving world

Mandarin is already the world’s most widely spoken language, with more than a billion native speakers. Its importance is growing in the global business world, as is reflected by the record number of 100 million students currently studying Mandarin worldwide.

By HARVEY MORRIS The author is a senior media consultant for China Daily UK.

French journalists covering the European Union recently protested after the EU’s Brussels bureaucrats prioritized the English language in their handouts to the media. Official statements were routinely issued in English and only belatedly supplied in...

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