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American and Chinese Relations: How We View Each Other

A new Pew Research Center infographic shows how American and Chinese people view each other.

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The following infographic shows how American and Chinese people view each other’s countries and economies according to the Pew Research Center.

What’s your take on this? Let’s carry this discussion into the comments below.

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  • David S. Wills November 6, 2012, 3:11 am

    Interesting but not terribly surprising, I’d say. I might use this for a discussion with my students. Or for IELTS writing practice…

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    • Wade Shepard November 6, 2012, 4:36 am

      Right on, I’m going to have to show it around as well to see what the “on the ground” take is.

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  • Mercury November 6, 2012, 1:36 pm

    The most interesting part of this survey from my p.o.v. is the issue of competitor/enemy vs. partner. That one is really essential I think. Competition is a belief system based on fear, insecurity, and scarcity. Cooperation is built on trust, security, and abundance. As long as the USA and China compete someone must lose, perhaps both will lose. If we collaborate and partner with each other then win-win becomes a very real possibility. There’s obviously dark forces within both nations that are pushing in the direction of competitor/enemy for their own personal gain. Additionally, Europeans believe in divide and conquer and would very much like to see China and USA as enemies not friends and partners. So, this is the issue I’ll be following closely as both nations develop and increase their power.

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    • Wade Shepard November 7, 2012, 7:25 am

      Excellent take. Yes, it’s my opinion that competition and fear at this juncture is serving as a major point of motivation for both countries. It seems clear to everybody at this point that China and the US are facing off politically and economically like we have not seen before in this era. The reason why I don’t think the competition will get truly ugly any time soon is that both countries depend on each other for continued growth/ stabilization and are so economically intertwined at this juncture that becoming political enemies would very much be outside the game plan. Sure, words will be shouted from both sides of the fence and both countries will take little jabs at each other when they can, but there would need to be some incredibly major global changes for either country to be able to throw a real punch at the other. In many ways this competition seems to be political theater of sorts — both sides are using it as propaganda and to keep their populations at attention and, at least in China, motivated. It’s my opinion that the reality is that China and the US will more than likely remain friendly as long as their relationships continues to be mutually beneficial.

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