BBC News

... Others that have made the shift to English-only, despite being based in non-English-speaking countries, include Yokohama, Japan-headquartered Nissan, which implemented an English-first strategy in the late 1990s ... German electronics company Siemens also made English its official language years ago ... This shift is not a throwback to colonialism or a play for cultural superiority. In Europe, nearly 80 percent of children in their primary years are learning English, while ... 70 percent of Chinese parents want their children to learn the language to help them get into to better schools ... The move to English as a corporate language just make sense, she says: “If a Chinese person meets someone from the Middle East, they will speak English. They don’t expect to know each other’s language.”