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Chinese Children Take to Coding Amid Country's Lofty Goals in AI


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Chinese children increasingly take coding classes.

Interest in coding classes has risen in the past decade as China's online populace and mobile phone user base expanded into the world's largest.

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China's ambitions to become unparalleled in artificial intelligence (AI) and other advanced technologies, and transform the country's economy by making high-tech industries world-class, are reflected in Chinese children's increasing enrollment in coding classes.

Interest in coding classes has risen in the past decade as China's online populace and mobile phone user base expanded into the world's largest, buoyed by government policies encouraging the development of innovative Internet applications, and the digital transformation of traditional industries.

Coding education was elevated in 2017 when China's State Council released a statement suggesting AI curriculum development in primary and secondary schools.

Venture capitalist Wei Guoxing said, "Coding has definitely become one of the most promising sectors [in China's education industry]. It's not only an important curriculum in schools, but it helps kids with logical thinking."

From South China Morning Post
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