|Not many Chinese are employed at the various UN agencies|
|Niu Dun says Chinese candidates lack professional knowledge|
"But no matter how good a policy we have, above all, we need a team to realize our goal... It's an urgent issue and also a long-term task."
|Less than 3 percent of World Bank employees are Chinese|
On the other side of the spectrum, there were about 460,000 Chinese students who studied abroad in 2014, compared with 114,700 a decade earlier, according to data from the Ministry of Education.
However, one cannot assume that just because someone studied abroad makes them an ideal candidate for diplomacy -- and do they want to do that kind job or are they well suited for it?
Nevertheless, China needs to groom its young people -- on propaganda mode or not -- to represent the motherland on the world stage. And wouldn't they take their job seriously if they were given the opportunity to do so?
Or is the government terrified the next generation will not do a good job because they have been educated overseas and thus been polluted with other belief systems too?
It's an intriguing dilemma China is in now, but one that needs to be addressed quickly otherwise the country could be crippled by its own lack of diplomatic skills.