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Here's the crux
My main concern, in a nutshell if you will, is that there are 56 nationalities in China each with its traditions to preserve and its cultural mores to protect, which makes learning their own written language a priority.|
Where there wasn't any such written language, the Chinese government has used the phonetic system to make one for that particular minority.
That already entails a great deal of resources in terms of manpower and others, and China is only a developing country.
In contrast, not a single developed country has such a policy respecting the privilege of minorities to learn their own written languages as a part of his rights as a human being, even though these countries pay lip service to the human rights issue all the time. For example, Chinese students in the States are not required to study Chinese, and students of other ethnicities likewise are not encouraged to study their native languages.
German, French, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and now increasingly the Chinese language are offered as electives in the high school and college curricula, but it is not obligatory for the students to learn their native tongues.
China, in contrast, has a system in place in which minorities are encouraged to study their own native tongues by instilling pride in the students for such studies. For example, a Tibetan student not only receives 9 years of compulsory education in Chinese, but also an additional 3 years in the Tibetan language.
Such projects are expensive because they involve millions of students, mountains of material and didactic resources.
No other government does that.
When the Russians went into and controlled Afghanistan from 1979-89, their enforced the study of Russian only amongst the Afghans, and high level officials were sent to Moscow for special training. The Afghans' own language was ignored.
So establishing a universal language using the Western-derived alphabet amongst nations already over-burdened or mired down by their educational system may not be the most practical way to solve the basic communication problem amongst nations.
Like I had said in the past, I think technological advances will eventually help us to solve the problem. Although gadgets are already available for this purpose, they aren't widely available or affordable for the majority of the world's citizens.
But that day will come.