Pakistanis increasingly view China as postive over US

Published: July 19, 2013

Most economists believe it is only a matter of years before China surpasses the United States in the raw size of its economy. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON: The world increasingly believes China will become the top superpower but the United States enjoys a better image in most regions, according to a poll released Thursday.

A 39-nation study by the Pew Research Center found that the United States is still enjoying the boost to its reputation that followed the election of President Barack Obama — except in a number of Islamic nations where Washington remains widely disliked.

The survey, the US-based center’s largest since 2007, found growing criticism of China in most of East Asia and Europe.

“However, even in many countries where America is still seen as the top economic power, most believe China will someday become the leading overall superpower,” the study said.

In Western Europe, the public in all countries polled except Italy — where the United States was especially popular — believed that China has topped or has already surpassed the United States “as the world’s leading superpower.”

But the study put the US favourability rating globally a 63 per cent, compared with 50 per cent for China. Even nations with widespread anti-US feeling gave higher marks when asked about the American people and most acknowledged that Washington allowed personal freedoms for its own citizens.

Relative perceptions of the United States and China varied widely among countries.

The biggest swing in the US favor was in Japan, where a territorial row with China has flared. A mere five per cent of Japanese viewed China favorably – far lower than in any other country polled – while 69 per cent were positive about the United States.

In the other direction, only 11 per cent of Pakistanis saw the United States favorably against 81 per cent who held positive views of China, which Islamabad often considers its key supporter.

Asia-Pacific nations were mostly supportive of the United States but divided on predicting the future. Two-thirds of Australians believed that China would emerge as the top superpower, a view shared by fewer than one-third in Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Most economists believe it is only a matter of years before China, whose population is more than four times that of the United States, surpasses the United States in the raw size of its economy.

But many experts doubt that China will quickly catch up with the United States in the global reach of its culture, diplomacy and economy.

The Pew study found limited interest in Latin America and Africa in China’s music and movies, although most admired the Asian power’s technological advances.

China’s image declined significantly over the past two years in Europe, dropping 11 points in Britain and nine percent in France.

The trend is likely due to “unease about China as a commercial competitor” as well as “European frustration with Chinese unilateralism in foreign affairs,” the survey said.

Greece was the only European Union member where a majority held positive views of China and fewer than half of people were favorable toward the United States.

China’s image also declined in several places where the United States is unpopular. In Egypt, China’s favorability rating dropped 12 points to 45 percent, although it was still well above the 16 percent for the United States.

Outside the Islamic world, the United States was ranked worst in China, where 40 percent were favorable toward the United States, and Argentina, where the figure was 41 percent — in contrast to a positive image of the United States in much of Latin America.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Inzy
    Jul 19, 2013 - 4:11AM

    And why not? I would any day prefer borrowing money from the Chinese than the US.


  • Riaz Ahmad
    Jul 19, 2013 - 4:52AM

    The study does not emphasise a very crucial fact; the Europeans, Australians and the Newzealanders are naturally biased towards US. With US rating at 63%, if this bias was excluded, China will fare miles ahead.


  • Abc
    Jul 19, 2013 - 8:53AM


    We need to eliminate this thought of borrowing money from people and countries. They did not make that money to give to us some warm sunny day. We need to be able to become self sufficient saying no to aid altogether


  • amarali
    Jul 19, 2013 - 10:07AM

    There is no doubt one day China will overpass US in every field. The reason is that china is not interested in interfering the domestic politics of other states. China has no intentions to keep other states economically dependent and china has never dictated the policies of other states. On the other hand United States is doing all illegitimate acts for its own benefits. Even US violates international law and sovereignty of other states. That time is not far when US will be heated across the world.


  • Mobeen Tariq
    Jul 19, 2013 - 10:15AM

    world is moving towards multi polarity and there will be the shift in the coming years. It not the one domain super world in the coming years. some countries get economic superioity some military the shape of the world will be multi polarity in the coming years.


  • Ali
    Jul 19, 2013 - 10:23AM

    Obviously after the negative engagement by U.S in Pakistan this would definitely happen.


  • Sonia Khan
    Jul 19, 2013 - 10:39AM

    China is an emerging super power and with the advancements in defense and social sector, its going to beat USA someday. 63% to 50% is not a much difference to beat out a global super power. Pakistan can have many new opportunities if both countries cooperate with each other in the near future. China is providing Pakistan with technologists and engineers to make Pakistan get rid of energy crisis.


  • Truth
    Jul 19, 2013 - 1:38PM

    Why pakistan always want a master country for themselves ! They can’t survive independently?


  • Pepsi
    Jul 19, 2013 - 1:44PM

    A communist and closed society country cannot influence the world community.So china cannot achieve sole super power status, what US right now even in future.China does not repsect human values and is not a liberal country like US.Every country in this world is influenced by US from its values,innovations,products etc..


  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Jul 19, 2013 - 11:40PM

    This is only because China is never like US for Pakistan and China never harmed Pakistan in any means and manifestations but always helped Pakistan selfless,honestly and sincerely under any circumstances….


  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Jul 19, 2013 - 11:41PM

    This is only because China is never like US for Pakistan and China never harmed Pakistan in any means and manifestations but always helped Pakistan selfless,honestly and sincerely under any circumstances and proved its comradeship true than India and US….


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