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Are young Australians being turned off China as diplomatic ties grow frostier? – ABC News

Despite China’s meteoric rise, few young Australians are studying the country’s language or culture. Why is that, and what does it mean for Australia’s future relationship with Beijing?

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Before serving as Australia’s Consul-General to Hong Kong, Jocelyn Chey made the bold choice to learn Mandarin at university.
Key points:

  • Despite China’s rise, few young Australians are choosing to study Mandarin
  • Students say it’s a very difficult subject to learn at high school
  • There’s concern Australia and China’s tensions might make it harder

Arriving from Europe with her parents as a teen in 1954, she’d made her mind up to learn an Asian language. But unl…

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