Committee 100: American and Chinese Attitudes Toward Each Other

Friday, December 14, 2007 12:47
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Before taking off for holiday, I was passed the link to American and Chinese Attitudes Toward Each Other by Committee of 100.. and it is one of the best documents I have read all year. with 20 pages of Key Findings (PDF) (Full Report (PDF) is just under 90 pages), there is a lot to highlight… so I will not even try.

here are a few of the things they have chosen t highlight in their press release, but take the time to review all their charts…

Economics / Trade: Both sides see the most common interests lie in trade. Among Americans, trade is regarded as the most likely area of shared interests, yet it also ranks as the most likely source of conflict.

Product Safety: Favorability in the U.S. about China has fallen since 2005. This lower opinion of China might partly reflect recent media attention on the Chinese product safety issue. More than two-in-three Americans have reduced their confidence in Chinese-manufactured goods as a result of the food and toy contamination cases emigrating from China.

Environment / Climate Change: The survey also finds that majorities in both the U.S. and China – the world’s two largest producers of Greenhouse Gases that scientists believe are contributing to climate change – worry to some degree about global warming. The Chinese are more likely to be worried than the Americans. Americans rate both governments poorly on their respective performance in handling environmental issues. By contrast, the Chinese rate both governments positively.

Views on an Emerging China: As compared with C-100’s survey conducted in 2005, U.S. elite groups have largely shifted from thinking about China in terms of its government and more in terms of its emergence as a major actor on the global economic stage.

2008 Beijing Olympics: Both Americans and Chinese have very positive feelings about Beijing hosting the Games, agreeing that the Games will help improve China’s global image and economy.

Elites vs. General Public Views: Elites not only differ from the general public in both countries in terms of their views of the other nation, but also tend to misperceive the general public’s views of each other. For the U.S., elite groups underestimate the favorable views of China among the general public, while in China, elite groups overestimate the favorable views of the U.S. among the general public.

Download the Key Findings and enjoy. There are a bunch of WOWs in this document, and I think it has done an amazing job or really bringing to light jsut how far apart the U.S. and China are in terms of mindset… really. very interesting. Take lunch off and read this.

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