China’s neighbors worry far more about the country’s military resurgence than about its massive economic surge, international polling suggests.
Although China’s exploding economy was seen as much less of a threat than its military, only in Japan and China — 95 percent of Chinese — was the Chinese economic miracle considered a good thing. Fully half the Indians thought it was bad.
On the military questions, however, all of China’s neighbors clearly were anxious about a buildup that 95 percent of the Chinese said was a good thing. India fought a border war with China in 1962, and more than three out of five Indians were against the Chinese rearming. Likewise, three out of four Russians, who remember years of tension along the Amur River during the Soviet period, thought a stronger China is a bad thing. [Full Text]
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