In a survey released Thursday of 38,000 people in 39 countries, conducted by the Pew Research Center, in 23 of the countries surveyed a majority or plurality said that China is the greatest nation in the world, or will be in the near future.
The two most powerful nations in the world, the United States and China continue to wage a quiet war using cyber terrorism and NSA spying as weapons. The world’s population is witnessing the United States falling to the number two position economically and politically.
The people of China are in complete agreement of the world’s assessment, but in the United States the reaction is mixed. For three decades China’s economy has shown study growth, while in 2008 a recession in the United States resulted in a lack of faith that it will continue to be the world’s greatest economic power.
“China’s economic power is on the rise, and many think it will eventually supplant the United States as the world’s dominant superpower,” the report concludes.
This recent poll shows that only 47 percent of Americans believe that the United States will continue to be the number one rated nation in the world. In 2008, the percentage was at 54. Two-thirds of Chinese believe their country has surpassed the United States, and 56 percent believe their country deserves more respect.
The people of China are losing faith that the two super powers are cooperating in a positive fashion. The numbers have dropped from 68 percent to less than one-third of the population. In addition, the Chinese say they are losing faith in President Barrack Obama.
The rest of the world continues to see America as a better partner, by a 63 percent margin. China continues to be heavily criticized for its human rights violations. Only five percent of Japanese favor China, and most believe the United States will retain its status as the world’s greatest super power. Japan continues to have territorial disputes with the most populated nation in the world. Germany is also showing a decrease in their favorability of China.
China’s strongest allies are Malaysia, Pakistan, Kenya, Senegal and Nigeria, along with Venezuela, Brazil and Chile. The majority of other countries are neutral about their relationship with China.
Most of the United States’ closest allies see China as the greatest economic power in the world. That includes the United Kingdom and Germany.
Countries closest to China geographically distrust the economic giant. Both Japan and South Korea have suspicions about China’s military ambitions. “One of the major challenges for China’s global image is that few,” only 11 countries surveyed, “believe the Chinese government respects the personal freedoms of its people,” the survey found.
The American people have experienced a study decline in their quality of life. Middle class and lower incomes declined in the 10 year period between 1999 and 2009, while the wealth of those who have the highest incomes increased. There are fewer well-paying jobs, and part time positions have replaced full time employment.
The United States no longer leads the world in education, production, or quality health care at a reasonable cost.
Is China the greatest nation in the world? It depends on who you ask. The wealthy, including our overpaid Congressmen and Senators, would say no. An employee at your local McDonald’s who earns slightly above minimum wage may see things differently.
Alfred James reporting