Delaware will send up to 30 high school students to China each of the next two summers, thanks to money from a Chinese business with local connections.Wanxiang, China’s largest auto parts manufacturer, pledged $675,000 to fund the study abroad program through 2017. This past summer, Wanxiang paid for 20 high school students to spend four weeks at the company’s facility in Hangzhou, China. Thursday’s announcement deepens the company’s commitment.

And that’s not Wanxiang’s only connection to the First State. In 2014, the company purchased a shuttered auto plant in New Castle County.

“I am grateful to Wanxiang and [China General Chamber of Commerce] for their partnership and for their commitment to Delaware’s efforts to increase innovative language learning opportunities and make ours the most bilingual state,” Gov. Jack Markell said in a statement.

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