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Australia sets new strategy to engage with Asia

Australia sets new strategy to engage with Asia

All Australian schoolchildren will be able to learn Mandarin, Hindi, Japanese or Bahasa Indonesia under a new government strategy to increase Australia's engagement with Asia.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced Sunday that all Australian schools will cooperate with schools in Asia to develop courses in the four priority languages as part of a 13-year plan to tap into the booming Asian economies.
She said one third of senior public servants "will have deep experience in and knowledge of Asia" by 2025. She did not elaborate on how that experience and knowledge would be assessed.
Gillard said that while Australia would continue to benefit from Asian demand for minerals and energy, the nation must also strengthen other sectors, including agriculture, tourism, financial, services, health, education, transport and manufacturing.