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Politics-driven elites threaten mutually favorable Sino-US attitudes

By Clifford A. Kiracofe (Global Times)

08:31, July 18, 2012

Are the US and China enemies? Some would like to think so, but the reality is that we are not enemies at this time.

According to a recent report sponsored by the Committee of 100, an organization of prominent American citizens of Chinese heritage, both sides today have a favorable perception of each other.

The report, entitled the US-China Public Perceptions Opinion Survey, uses opinion polling data from the US and from China to reach its conclusions. The polls were conducted by a professional polling firm in the US and one in China. The 2012 polls were compared with similar polls taken in 2007.

The results of the study show clearly that the majority of the US public has a favorable attitude toward China. The same is true for the majority of the general public of China which has a favorable view of the US.

The business leaders and the policy specialists from both sides also had a mainly positive view of the other country.

So clearly perceptions and opinion in both countries, according to this report, do not indicate that China and the US are enemies.

As a matter of fact, the polling data from the US shows that the US public is less concerned about China as a potential threat than it was in 2007.

But you would never know this from listening to US politicians on the campaign trail and in Congress.

China bashing and vociferous posturing against China are political staples for many politicians.

Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger pointed out over a half century ago that the post war strategic environment would eventually trend to a multipolar world. He said the Cold War bipolar world would give way to a five-power multipolar configuration: US, Russia, China, Europe and Japan.

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