Study of Portuguese and Spanish explodes as China expands role in Latin America

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Thousands more Chinese students are taking up Latin American languages with an eye to improved employability

When Zhang Fangming started learning Portuguese, it was with an eye to becoming a top Chinese diplomat in Brazil.

For Sun Jianglin, a Portuguese degree was about landing a job, but also a deeper knowledge of Brazilian music. “Bossa nova!” the 19-year-old undergraduate cooed. “I really like this kind-of-close-to-jazz music!”

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