“There are many people studying Chinese now.
I hope that all of you reporters, and the other
ladies and gentlemen in attendance, can take up
the study of Chinese. I believe that Chinese is
one of the easiest languages in the world to learn.
Otherwise, how can you explain why 1.3 billion
people have chosen it as their mother tongue?”
— Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi (杨洁篪)
in a press conference yesterday morning
[h/t to Danwei]