Beijing: Learning each other’s languages will help India and China to bridge communication gap and strengthen ties, according to a leading Chinese daily.
An opinion piece in The Global Times said that efforts by the world’s two most populous countries to learn each other’s languages would open up exciting new opportunities for business, travel and cultural enrichment.

“Across Indian academic institutions, there is a new and ostensible thrust to help students master Putonghua (or Mandarin Chinese), the most widely spoken language across China, and by an estimated 873 million people worldwide.”

Understanding and appreciating each other’s’ culture will truly shape the thinking of future generations and bring down the great wall of misunderstanding, the opinion piece said.