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China’s Shield and Spear Strategy: Linguistic Protectionism

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Commentary In August, Shanghai’s education authorities forbade its elementary schools to give English language final exams. That shocked many Chinese nationals, who see English, and the international access it provides, as critical for the country’s economic development. Many others may see English as their passport out of the country. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has other plans for them, and the Western languages they want to speak. Not only are the population’s language skills being taken away, but increasingly, Chinese citizens cannot get passports and passport renewals. Chinese nationals should read the writing on the wall, and if possible, emigrate with their families and any wealth they can get out of the country. Of course, many have been doing so for years, especially after the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989. Globally, while the number of English speakers, at 1.131 billion, is just marginally greater than that of Mandarin Chinese, at …

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