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I see a very dystopian future ...

Better learn to speak Mandarin.

I agree with the idea that we're giving the Chinese advantages that we maybe shouldn't (not prosecuting or punishing patent/trademark infringement, allowing joint ventures where they drain the Intellectual Property from the western company, ignoring industrial espionage and possibly state-sponsored infrastructure attacks [probing for network weaknesses in the power grid]).

But, I also remember in the mid to late '70s "Better learn to speak Arab" because of the high oil prices and our 12 mpg cars, then in the '80s "Better learn to speak Japanese" because their industrial was going to overtake the US economically. Getting people to learn other languages can really be a good thing, from improving our business competitiveness to opening people's eyes to other cultures. But maybe we'll wake up and stop making it easy on our economic adversaries.
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