More Mexicans sign up to learn Chinese to gain career advantage
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Chinese is on the rise in Mexico. Mr Jose Fu, director of the Confucius Institute in Mexico City, attributes the increased interest in learning the language to China's growing world presence.
"I think Chinese is taking the place of foreign languages that were traditionally studied, like French, Italian or Portuguese," Mr Fu said. "A lot of parents are interested in giving their children this advantage for their professional career."
The number of students taking Chinese courses from China-certified teachers in Mexico has grown from a few hundred to almost 3,000 in recent years, and the number of the Chinese government's Confucius centres has risen to five.
Mr Fu said the Chinese government began setting up centres abroad 14 years ago "so that the world could speak with China. We saw what was coming, which was China's development".