Mandarin Chinese is spoken by over one billion people around the world. China will play a major role in world affairs in the future. Since China opened up to the West, opportunities have increased for employment in all areas. China is one of largest trading partners of the United States. Many companies do business in China and have long-term investments there. International businesses prefer to hire a person who speaks more than one language. They value employees who are able to speak Chinese and function successfully in diverse cultural contexts. China is also a wonderful country in which to teach English while developing your language and cultural skills. The experience is great, and it is something you will never forget.