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The World Says China Will Overtake America

July 16, 2011

peopleforum               wsj.com

In the past decade, anti-Americanism grew around the world. This was in response to concerns about the unchecked global power of the U.S., when it invaded Iraq in the face of very wide international opposition. In sharp contrast, today America is seen as on its way to losing its status as the dominant global superpower.
A new Pew Global Attitudes survey released today finds that while the U.S. is better regarded around the world now than it was in the Bush years, in 15 of 22 nations surveyed most say that China either will replace or already has replaced America as the world’s “leading superpower.” This view is especially widespread in Western Europe, where at least six in 10 respondents in Britain, France, Germany and Spain see China eventually overtaking the U.S.The emerging perception of China’s superpower status no doubt reflects global recognition of its growing economic might, and the fact that the U.S. is increasingly seen as trailing China economically. Nowhere is this more evident than in Western Europe, where the percentage naming China as the world’s “leading economic power” has increased markedly over the past two years, along with the view that it will ultimately eclipse the U.S. as global superpower.

In Britain, for example, the share saying that China is now No. 1 economically jumped to 47%, up from 34% in 2009. Over that same period, the percentage of Brits who think that China will eventually replace the U.S. as global superpower climbed to 65%, from 49%. These percentages parallel trends in Germany, Spain and France.The Americans have just experience a economy revival under the expectation, now they are not so optimistic as they were 10 years ago. Apparently they are worrying about how US will be positioned compared with China in the world stage.

As for if China will eventually overtake the US to become the world power, US has two camps – 46 per cent say yes, 45 percent say no. And for exactly who is the world’s No.1 economic country, 43 per cent believe it is China is more than those 38 per cent believe in US.

Most of those holding that China is economically overtaking US are highly alert, they think it is a bad thing. But overall, still 51 per cent Americans take the positive view towards China. The American upset are more focused on American recession rather than Chinese success.

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