Olympics to be used to spread Chinese language

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Hanyu Pinyin, the phonetic system that uses Roman characters to support the learning of Chinese language. The Communist Party leadership now wants to use the coming Olympic Games as a launching pad for spreading the knowledge of Chinese language among sports lovers across the world.

Pinyin has been extensively used by both Chinese and non-Chinese to learn the language since the first edition of the phonetic system was published in 1958 after being adopted by the National People’s Congress, the Chinese parliament, that year.

Pinyin also played a part in national integration as the government used it to establish Latin forms for the language of 12 minority groups including Zhuang, Buyi, and Hani.

“This year our nation will stage the 29th Olympic Games. This offers an excellent opportunity to put Chinese civilization on display and to expand the influence of Chinese linguistic culture,” the People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party said in an editorial.

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