Opinion: Language learning is key to successful U.S. trade with China

11/30/2009 | Billings Gazette (Mont.)

While English is a required course in China's schools, fewer than 1% of U.S. citizens speak Chinese, writes former Montana state Sen. Bob Brown in this opinion article. Brown, who is also a senior fellow at the University of Montana, argues that a lack of qualified Mandarin Chinese instructors threatens the existence of a new Montana program to teach the language in state high schools. As trade with China grows, Brown warns that future business will depend on our ability to communicate with China on equal terms.

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