Most Americans see China as friendly

2012-02-14 22:33

Washington - Despite a slew of disputes, most Americans view China as a friendly nation although they are divided in their general attitude toward the rising power, a poll showed on Tuesday.

Major US polling company Gallup, in a survey conducted with the state-run China Daily, found that Americans under age 35 held more favourable views of China and that those who follow news closely were more likely to be critical.

The survey was released as China's Vice President Xi Jinping, who is likely to become the Asian power's next leader, visited Washington for talks that come amid disputes on issues including trade, Syria and human rights.

Some 63% of US adults - and 69% of US "opinion leaders" from government, think tanks, the media and elsewhere - said that they considered China to be "friendly, but not an ally".

Some 13% of the general public viewed China as an ally, while 23% said that China was either unfriendly or an enemy.

An overwhelming 71% of adults and 85% of opinion leaders said it was important to build a strong relationship with China.

But opinions were more evenly split when Americans were asked for their general opinion on China. Some 42% of the general public saw China favourably and 44% viewed the nation unfavourably.

A large number of Americans agreed that China "will eventually replace the US as the world's leading power." Forty-two percent of the general public agreed with the statement, while 33% disagreed.

Xi will head on Wednesday to Iowa and then to California for a series of public events. Some experts believe that Xi chose travel outside of Washington mindful of the better image of China outside of Washington.

Gallup said it surveyed 2 007 Americans between November 30 and December 18 with a margin of error of 2.68 percentage points. It separately polled 250 opinion leaders in December.

  • acoetsee - 2012-02-14 23:40

    daja hao… get use to it, their strategy makes the big brother western ‘powers’ ..I will ultimately take what I want ideology and their arab foes or dare I say it brethren wishes for dominance pale into insignificant. China’s economic brilliance will result in their dominance at the expense of the opinionated rest, get ready xian jian, xie xie…waan.

  • acoetsee - 2012-02-14 23:42

    daja hao… get use to it, their strategy makes the big brother western ‘powers’ ..I will ultimately take what I want ideology and their arab foes or dare I say it brethren wishes for dominance pale into insignificant. China’s economic brilliance will result in their dominance at the expense of the opinionated rest, get ready xian jian, xie xie….waan.

  • Fidel - 2012-02-15 00:06

    They should all love China, considering that China holds 8% of US'sovereign debt at $1.16 trillion.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-02-15 01:00

    They might see China as friendly but that is what they see on the labelling on their clothing and other goods they purchase because of the cheaper prices. Do they really know what's going on and how many Americans have lost their jobs because of China? K Mart is one example. How many travel and understand the world or even take note of the World news and ask questions? How many of this great First World country even have passports? Given the country’s population of 307,006,550, about 37% of the population has one. This means that nearly 2 out of 3 Americans can’t even fly to Canada, let alone travel to anywhere else in the world (new rules allow those with “Passport Cards” to travel to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean and Bermuda, but they are not allowed to be used for international air travel. There are about 3.5 million Americans who have this card.) So the big question is, do they even know where China is let alone know what a threat China is to their own economy ??? Walmart is virtually owned by China.......that is if the US don't default? As the Americans say "Go figure!"

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 01:13

      Americans have lost their jobs because of their greedy corporations who offshored their factories to China with the blessing of their government.

  • Anthony - 2012-02-15 07:42

    Maybe some Americans should have a chat to the African traders, who for the last 25 years sold their merchandise at Bruma Flea Market. That was until the Chinese bought the ground, this market was situated on. These traders were just kicked off, to make space for a new development. Yes, you guessed right, a new complex where Chinese traders can sell their cheap stuff. And all done; with a friendly smile !!!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 09:11

      Ditto the traders that made way for Wal-Mart. Stop with your anti-Chinese rhetoric, its embarassing.

      Anthony - 2012-02-15 09:36

      You know Fidel, your anti Western rhetoric, blinds you to such an extend, that you just make up your own stories.

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 09:43

      Is wal-Mart a made up story, facts Frank. It is you that is prejudiced against all things non-western. If anyone critise western action, you automatically label that person as being anti-west. I am however anti western imperialism!

      Anthony - 2012-02-15 09:58

      Fidel, you are about 50 years too late. In the sixties there was appetite for this " anti Western imperialism " In 2012, especially on a continent lke Africa, one has no time, nor interest in this kind of BS. Now, many Africans are busy making a better life for themselves and their loved ones. We got a few million Zimbabweans here, go and ask them what they think of ,anti western imperialism, They will tell you not to bother them with this kind of crap. And that counts for most Africans on this continent. If you are bored, go to the movies!!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 10:06

      You must have failed to notice Sino-Africa relations and the institutions that reflect this relationship, including how this relationship has come about. This relationship extends as far as South America. I suggest you acquinted yourself with these developments.

  • Garth - 2012-02-15 08:21

    Any country, that possesses people, that vacuum-pack BABY TURTLES into plastic bags of sea water to be sold as SOUVENIRS, do not deserve to be leading the world in anything. These BABY TURTLES survive for up to 3 MONTHS in this HELL, before SUFFOCATING, obviously to the amusement of the SICK, SICK individual that purchased it and to the FINANCIAL DELIGHT of the SICK, SICK piece of shiite that packaged them. These people also strip the back-fur from LIVE dogs to use in the making of fur coats. LIVE DOGS! They have a particular breed of dog called a Raccoon Dog that they SKIN whilst it is ALIVE to make rip-offs, no pun, of Ugg Boots. These people, if I may use that word to describe them, are the purchasers of our RHINO'S HORNS once they have been hacked from their muzzles. DO NOT BUY CHINESE PRODUCTS. DO NOT ACCEPT CHINESE INVESTMENT. PEOPLE THAT ARE CRUEL TO ANIMALS FIND IT EASY TO BE CRUEL TO PEOPLE. KEEP THESE PEOPLE AWAY FROM OUR RESOURCES!

      sjmanthey - 2012-02-15 08:44

      I couldn't agree with you more. they a disgusting race and need to be culled

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 09:25

      I for one welcome China's growing influence in the world, with about a quarter of the human population, it is the only humanist view to have. Fortunately for you there's not enough space on a thread to list all the vile practices of western culture. Locking up animals in cages (Zoos) is frowned upon by some cultures as equally cruel to animals, but that is besides the point. Sand castles and glass houses!

      Anthony - 2012-02-15 09:46

      Fidel, Zoos, sand castles, glass houses !!!!!!!!! What the heck are you on about ???

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 10:02

      If you have no concept of comprehension, that is not my problem.

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