(From the Guardian, 9/12.)

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to translate the entire works of the Bard into Mandarin as part of efforts to foster greater cultural ties with China.

Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced funding of £1.5m to pay for the project, which will also cover the translation of up to 14 important Chinese plays into English.

A further £300,000 will go towards an RSC tour in China in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

The plans have been unveiled alongside commercial deals announced by chancellor George Osborne to strengthen economic ties with China.


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