Polls Show US Concerns Over a Rising China

Committee of 100 (百人会), a non-partisan, non-profit organization striving to bring “a Chinese-American perspective to issues concerning Asian Americans and U.S.-China relations” recently released the results of their fourth opinion survey. The introduction to their report describes the survey:

The Committee of 100’s opinion survey project began in 1994 and produced opinion surveys in 2001, 2005, 2007, and 2012. The objective of this study is to determine American attitudes toward China, and, as a “mirror,” measure Chinese attitudes toward America on key issues in US-China relations and salient domestic issues in both countries. The target respondent groups in both countries include general public, opinion leaders and business leaders with a stand-alone sample of the US policy community.

The survey findings provide unique, comprehensive and comparative information that can be used to enhance US-China relations and formulate recommendations on how to forge mutually beneficial partnerships, including leader-to-leader, people-to-people, organization-to-organization, and many others to foster greater understanding and build trust between the United States and China.

An article in the New York Times summarizes the reports findings, and contrasts them with the Gallup-China Daily USA poll from earlier this year:

Two-thirds of Americans now see China as a serious or potential military threat to the United States. Nearly six in 10 Chinese believe their country is destined to become the world’s leading superpower, and increasing numbers of everyday Chinese believe the United States is trying to prevent them from achieving that status.

Most Americans don’t believe that U.S. media outlets report truthfully about China, and about half of Chinese feel the same way about their media. Six in 10 Americans think the U.S. government has done a poor job handling relations with China — although things have improved since 2007 — while two-thirds of Chinese think Beijing is mishandling relations with Washington.

For the general Chinese public, corruption is the No. 1 concern, followed by jobs and the economy, a growing wealth gap and the rise in housing prices. But Chinese opinion leaders worry most about a decline in morality, followed by concerns over Taiwan, while business leaders cite HIV/AIDS as their top issue.

The results of a survey by KPMG’s Global Technology Innovation Center, released today, suggest that China may soon overtake the U.S. as the world’s leading technological innovator. The Wall Street Journal reports:

Almost half of all global executives polled believe that the technology innovation center of the world will move from Silicon Valley to another country in the next four years according to a survey published Wednesday.

KPMG’s global Tech Innovation Survey 2012 found 43 percent of respondents said Silicon Valley’s crown would be passed elsewhere by 2016. China was named as the country most likely to be the next innovation centre (45%), followed by India (21%) and Japan (9%) and Korea (9%).

Israel came in fifth while Europe barely featured.

The survey also found that China and the U.S. are the two countries most likely to come up with “disruptive technology breakthroughs” that will have a global impact in the next two to four years.

Also see CDT coverage of a recent Pew survey showing that, for the first time, the world sees China as its top economic power.
June 27, 2012 5:31 PM
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