I’ve read the entire article, which sparked some rage, reading from the comments on it.
May be true that according to surveys (EF and other two language teaching companies) not enough Chinese speak English, and indeed of poor quality. However, as some of the people who left comments noted, it is hard to learn a foreign language and it is even harder when you come from a totally different culture, background and alphabet!
Also, I agree with one of the commenters who wrote that generally most English speaking countries are arrogant and presemptious and expect everyone to be able to speak fluent English, regardless of their country of origin. Besides, China doesn’t need to speak English as much as the Western world is in need of learning Mandarin for the sake of future business relationships.
What do you think? I’d love to have a debate on this matter as it’s fascinating how one country wants to prevail on another even if just by imposing their own language.
Please do comment and more to read on this below (I recommend the article by the Economist)