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…according to an international opinion poll conducted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, a German foundation.


On average, half of those surveyed would already call China a world power alongside the US.

Although the US remained the undisputed leader with 81 percent, China gained 5 percentage points compared to a similar poll conducted two years ago.

The Chinese placed even more trust in their country’s future prospects. 65 percent of respondents already perceived their country as a global player. Within China, this figure has risen 21 percentage points in the past two years.

In terms of the future, 57 percent of people around the globe expected China to be a superpower in 2020, while a mere 61 percent thought the US would still hold this position.

Among Chinese respondents, 80 percent believed their country would play a global role, but only 59 percent thought the US would be a world power at that date. In 2020, the Chinese expect the leading nations of the world to also include Russia (37 percent), the UK (31 percent), the European Union (29 percent) and Japan (23 percent).
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This is not shocking to me at all. I know a lot of Japanese people who are “annoyed” with America’s politics, this might change after Bush is gone though.

Record 20% of Japanese say U.S.-Japan relations not good


THE ASAHI SHIMBUNA record one in five Japanese says relations between Japan and the United States are not what they should be, according to a survey released Saturday by the Cabinet Office.

However, more Japanese feel that relations with South Korea and China are improving, compared to last year’s poll.

The percentage of Japanese who feel the country’s relations with the United States are still good decreased to 76 percent from 83 percent in October 2006. Those who said Japan-U.S. relations are not good increased to 20 percent from 12 percent.

Those who said Japan-South Korea relations are not good dropped to 45 percent from last year’s record-high 57 percent. Those who said the relations are good rose to 50 percent from 34 percent.

The poll also said 26 percent of Japanese regard Japan-China relations as good, up 4 percentage points from last year.

The poll on Japan’s foreign relations was conducted in October, covering 3,000 people aged 20 or older nationwide. A total of 1,757 people, or 59 percent, gave valid responses.(IHT/Asahi: December 3,2007)