Spanish has grown in importance over the past few decades, in large part because of continued economic growth in Latin American countries, many of which have made huge leaps in international economic status.
French is an important language for international business. The French economy is the sixth-largest in the world. It’s the third-largest economy in Europe. French is also an official language for some of the most dynamic emerging economies in Africa.
China became Brazil's largest trading partner in 2009. Chinese investment in Brazil takes strategic approaches and does so in strategic areas to consolidate China’s role in the Brazilian economy, this creates economic leverage, expands the zone of influence of Chinese companies in Brazil and increases interdependence.
China has been working on a new transport corridor to Europe as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, which goes through Russia to Europe. Beijing is investing in a high-speed railway to connect to Moscow.
There is a high demand and low supply of Arabic-speakers. With the growing importance of the Middle East in international affairs, there is thus an extreme shortage of workers who are versed in Arabic language and culture.