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Maryknoll has a long history in China beginning in the early 1900's. Maryknoll has a strong commitment to facilitating service work in the People's Republic of China even today. We seek to place active and committed Catholic teachers in schools where their dedication and example will be of service to the Chinese people. It is the government of China that has emphasized the teaching of English by native speakers as a priority subject for Chinese students. In fact, the government has named English as the "first foreign language" of the country. It is hoped that, as a result of language interchange, foreign teachers will understand more about China and the Chinese will understand more about the West. Maryknoll also sponsors other people and projects, which serve the poor and the sick in China.