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Mandatory Mandarin in Panama
China is the biggest user of the Panama Canal, and the bill states that Mandarin is an "indispensable language," though it recognizes English is the international language of business. Curiously the country also holds diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
There's been a lot of coverage lately about eclectic countries all seeing a huge boom in Chinese tutoring and classes. Here's a great article from a colleague from the TIME Beijing bureau who wrote about this phenomenon.
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