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Ove 400m Chinese can't speak Mandarin: Ministry of Education

Nearly half of all Chinese cannot speak their national language fluently. Photo: AFP     More than 400 million Chinese are unable to speak the national language Mandarin, and large numbers in the rest of the country speak it badly, state media said on Thursday as the government launched another push for linguistic unity. China’s ruling Communist Party has promoted Mandarin for decades to unite a nation with thousands of often mutually unintelligible dialects and numerous minority languages, but has been hampered by the country’s size and lack of