China’s economy showing signs of stabilizing: state planner | Reuters

Reuters reports that China’s top state planner said on Monday that the country’s power usage, train freight and property market have all shown improvement since August, indicating that the economy is stabilizing.

Source: China’s economy showing signs of stabilizing: state planner | Reuters

Expect the Western media to renew its attack on China this week, citing weakness after weakness. Personally, I think it’s necessary to take a longer term perspective. In my view, China will not have a hard-landing although there will be pain as the economic engine changes direction.

Thoughts?

David Cameron: ‘Children should learn Mandarin in school instead of French or German’ | UK | News | Daily Express

English: View of The Bund in Shanghai, China.

English: View of The Bund in Shanghai, China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a must-read article by the UK’s Daily Express. It’s an important read. Check it out!

via David Cameron: ‘Children should learn Mandarin in school instead of French or German’ | UK | News | Daily Express.

Personally, I strongly agree with David Cameron’s views on learning Mandarin. Increasing the number of Mandarin speakers in the UK is A STRATEGIC strategic priority.

However, when you reflect on the implications, it raises other stones.

Firstly, it questions the UK’s prevailing and dated education policy, which does not seem to address strategic requirements.

Secondly, it raises the issue of the quality of language teaching in the UK.

Thirdly, it questions the incentivization of British exporters to increase language learning and rotating aspiring managers to Asian markets, like China.

Thoughts?