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Teaching China's Next Generation to Express Themselves in Code

coding class in Beijing

Children attend a coding class in Beijing.

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For 22 years, Xu Xinyan has taught computer skills and computer science to young Chinese students. Now she is on the front lines of China's national push to educate the next generation in coding skills essential to excel in the new economy.

China sees artificial intelligence and robotics as future engines of the Chinese economy, and crucial areas of industrial growth. Authorities are investing heavily to build China's domestic capabilities in computer science.

Its visionary plan aims to make China the world leader in AI by 2030, building a homegrown industry worth nearly US$150 billion.

The plan calls for China to "improve the AI education system, strengthen the construction of a talent pool and echelons, [and] especially accelerate the introduction of the world's top talent and young talent, forming China's AI top talent base," said a State Council plan released in July 2017.

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