From The Asahi Shimbun:
China has learned that the world wants more than just its yuan. So Beijing plans to further spread its influence through language and culture institutes in major centers of the world.
Called Confucius Institutes after the fifth-century B.C. philosopher who greatly influenced Asian thought, these schools will offer both short and long courses in Chinese studies, mainly for white-collar professionals.
The government’s goal is to eventually open around 100 institutes.
The booming Chinese economy has kindled a worldwide enthusiasm for the country and its language.