Mexico is realizing importance of Chinese-language instruction

06/7/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Elementary-school students in Aguascalientes, Mexico, are learning Mandarin Chinese through a pilot programme that introduces the language to students as young as 9. Some officials say they hope the language exposure will strengthen Mexico's ties to China. "It's like what happened with English," one teacher said. "Years ago, we didn't study English, but eventually we realized we had to. Now it's Chinese."

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