Are Americans really concerned about the partnership between China and Russia? Yes, they are if a new report from the PEW Centre is to be believed. The Pew Centre in its latest report stated that around nine-in-ten U.S. adults saw the relationship between China and Russia a serious problem for the United States.
A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM
More than 60 per cent of the people who participated in the survey opined that it was a serious issue. Moreover, about half of the Americans consider China’s involvement in US politics a very serious concern. Apart from this, the Americans have also expressed serious concern about the relationship between China and Taiwan.
CHINA’S INFLUENCE ON WORLD STAGE INCREASING
About two-thirds or 66 per cent of the American adults say that China’s influence on the world stage has grown stronger in recent years. Around four in-ten (43 per cent) call China the world’s top economy – as many as say the same of the U.S.
In the US, negative views of China have also increased slightly over the past year. About eight in ten or 82 per cent have this feeling. The PEW Centre said that this was a six point increase in negative views from 2021 and a new high.
COMPETITOR RATHER THAN ENEMY
Though negative views of China have grown, more Americans (62 per cent) see China as a competitor and not as an enemy. The PEW centre said that only 25 per cent saw China as an enemy and 10 per cent seeing China as a partner.
Americans feel that the present economic relations between the US and China are bad. More than half of the US wants to take a tough stance with China on economic issues rather than strengthening the relationship. Only 28 per cent say the US should prioritize the economic relationship, even if it means ignoring human rights issues. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say the China-U.S. economic relationship as bad. They want to get tough on China on economic issues.
Despite having any relationship between China and Russia, the Americans clearly see the US as the world’s top military power. Seven-in-ten say the US is the world’s leading military power, compared with about two-in-ten who name China and one-in-ten who name Russia. Men are more likely than women to identify the U.S. over China or Russia as the world’s top military power. Americans aged 65 and older are more likely than their younger counterparts to hold this view.