A number of Indian young people have chosen to learn Chinese/ Mandarin to gain access to greater job opportunities in Chinese-funded enterprises, as more and more Chinese enterprises flock to India to conduct business.
Student Heena Nakhwa feels that learning to speak Chinese was the turning point of her life.
In 2015, she successfully got a government scholarship to learn Chinese, which landed her a job in the sales team of Air China BOM.
“Now I have become financially stable, more responsible. I have learnt a foreign language (Chinese) and have also encouraged my friends to learn. I won people’s respect and it makes my parents proud.”
Nakhwa says she experienced the new trend of “Chinese fever” in India at the Indo Sino Bridge in the University of Mumbai, where there are events that showcase Indians and Chinese singing, dancing, reading poetry and other art performances.
Professor Dibo Jie, or BR Deepak, from the Center of Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, says that learning to speak Chinese in India has become a common practice.
“Chinese is one of the working languages of the United Nations, and is the most used language in the world, with the continued expansion of Chinese economic and political influence, prompting countries to learn Chinese, India is no exception,” he said.
He believes that the current “Chinese fever” is the significant growth in trade between China and India, and it has brought several jobs. To add, the the development of tourism between the two countries has also stimulated the development of Chinese learning in India.
According to official figures from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, China’s trade with India reached a record high of 84.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2017, up 20.3% from the previous year. China remains India’s largest trading partner.
Chinese companies have invested more than 8 billion dollars in real investment, and Indian companies have increased their investment in China by an average of 18.5% over the past three years.