Beyond Food and Toys, China Struggles with Its Global Reputation – Peter Ford

From climate change to Darfur, public opinion polls reveal a global unease with the growing superpower. From The Christan Science Monitor:

As China prepares to celebrate its emergence as a global power at next year’s Olympic Games, a rash of recent American and international opinion polls suggest that the Asian giant faces an uphill battle to convince the world it is worthy of its new status.

And it is more than just a question of food or toys.

Beijing’s task is made harder, say Chinese and foreign analysts, because the ruling Communist Party has so far failed to learn the new ropes of international public diplomacy. [Full Text]

Read also: China envoy offers to mediate on Darfur

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