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China not yet global power: poll

12-29-2011 15:16 BJT

Most Chinese think their country is not - or not completely - a global power, according to the sixth annual survey of Chinese people's world outlook.

The telephone and online survey carried out by the Global Poll Center, affiliated to the Global Times, from December 10 to 25, polled 1,460 people above the age of 15 in seven cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Changsha.

Only 14.1 percent of respondents saw China as a global power, while 33.4 percent said it is not a global power and 51.3 percent said it is not completely a world powerful country.

The results show Chinese people's confidence in their country's international status has risen since last year, with 1.7 percent more people considering China to be a global power.

But more and more people also think China's image suffers as a result of official corruption.

More than 65 percent said "some officials' corruption" hurts the country's image most, followed by the "low quality of products and widespread counterfeiting" (40.4 percent) and "environmental pollution" (27.9 percent).

About 43 percent of respondents considered the successful launch of Tiangong-1, China's first space lab module, to be the news event that gave the biggest boost to China's international standing this year.

Survey respondents said "the territorial dispute on South China Sea" (59 percent) and "the US and other outside powers' intervention" (47.2 percent) were the biggest problems impacting the bilateral relationships between China and Southeast Asian countries.

Meanwhile, the "US strategically containing China" was still thought to be the biggest issue affecting the China-US relationship.

But nearly 14 percent of interviewees cited the South China Sea disputes, mentioned for the first time in this year's survey, as the most influential factor in the relationship.

More than half of interviewees said China should refute, criticize or offer explanations depending on the situation in order to respond to the "China threat" theory, in which China's rise is seen as threatening to other countries' well-being.

But there was a big increase in the number of interviewees who said "ignoring" the China threat theory was the best response, up from 17 percent last year to 22.4 percent this year.

Editor:Wang Xi |Source: Global Times

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