Original title: High-paying Laos youths in Chinese-funded enterprises set off to learn Chinese boom
Chinanews.com, February 11th, according to Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao, as China’s economic influence grows Laos, a neighboring country, has also begun to set off a Chinese-speaking craze. Local youths enrolled in Chinese classes in order to be able to go to work for Chinese-funded enterprises in the future and earn higher incomes.
In a simple private school in the capital of Vientiane, Laotian youth Ratada (19) and 10 students took Chinese lessons to learn Chinese and history.
Although he gave himself a Chinese name “李潘达”, Latada is not Chinese and has never been to China. What he knows about China is mainly Chinese TV dramas broadcasted by TV stations, as well as what local relatives who have studied in China have seen and heard in the local area.
Latada said: “My understanding of China is that it has many luxury buildings. Universities in China are better, and wages for working are higher. ” He is actively learning Chinese like many Lao youths who have Chinese classes, and hopes to go to work in Chinese companies in the future.
Ratada is currently pursuing an international economics and trade course at Suzhou University in Laos, which is the first institution of higher learning that China has opened overseas. He believes that more Chinese companies will come to Laos for investment in the future. “If I can speak Chinese, it will be much easier to be employed in a Chinese company in the future. ”
Chinese companies have invested heavily in this 6.5 million but economically backward country in recent years, bringing many jobs to local people.
The New York Times reported that Chinese schools are springing up in towns close to the Chinese border in Laos and are popular with locals. Now even government schools have started Chinese courses to meet the needs of students. Local government officials have also asked their children to enroll in Chinese classes or to take Chinese courses at school, so as not to miss the opportunity.
The longest-running Chinese language school in Vientiane is the 1st Huadu School. The number of new students in the school has increased over the past few years, and there are currently about 2,400 students from kindergarten to college, an increase of 10% from a year ago. The school has 160 teachers, 29 of whom are from China. The salaries of these Chinese teachers are paid by the Chinese government. However, due to the limited number of teachers and places, many local students are not allowed to enter. Only 1-2% of the Lao population is Chinese, and most do not understand Chinese.
In Laos, China’s economic influence can be felt everywhere.
Chinese-funded enterprises set up factories in the area and build dams on the Mekong River. They also plan to launch a high-speed railway plan connecting Vientiane to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. In addition, a number of special economic zones have emerged in the Laos border area. Capital companies go to invest. Sanjiang Chinatown, which is close to the Capital Airport, is run by Chinese people and is filled with goods from China, from food, clothing to furniture.
Responsible Editor: Zhang Xiaofang