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Pew Survey: Experts Less Concerned About China’s Power Than American Public

Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012 12:10 PM

By Michael Kling

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While most Americans see China as an emerging economic threat, foreign affairs experts are far less concerned about China’s rising power, a new Pew Research Center survey shows.

The survey included responses from 1,004 American adults and 305 foreign affairs experts, such as government and retired military personnel, scholars, business people and the news media.

According to the survey, 78 percent of the American public polled think the large amount of U.S. debt held by China is a very serious problem, while 71 percent say loss of jobs to China is serious problem and 61 percent believe the trade deficit is a serious problem.

Editor's Note: You Owe It to Yourself to Know What Obama and Bernanke Are Hiding From Americans

And the American public and the experts tend not to trust China. Just 26 percent of the public and about a third or less experts say the United States can trust China a great deal or a fair amount.

In addition, 26 percent of the public polled named China as the country posing the greatest danger to the United States, more than either Iran (16 percent) or North Korea (13 percent). Opinions of which country represents the greatest danger vary across the five expert groups, though most say China and Iran are the greatest danger.

Still, almost two-thirds of the public view the relations between the United States and China are good, and most consider China a competitor rather than an enemy.

Experts are generally less alarmed about China. Over half (52 percent) of the general public view China's emergence as a world power as a major threat to the United States, but only 46 percent of retired military and 31 percent of government officials feel that way.

Asked if President Barack Obama is being tough enough with China, more of the general public say his policy is not tough enough (45 percent) than say it is about right (39 percent). Most experts approve of Obama's handling of China, although 56 percent of retired military personnel disapprove.

The Obama administration just filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization that China has subsidized automotive exports and undercut American suppliers.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he will label China a currency manipulator and penalize its exports with tariffs, but some experts worry that that could prompt a trade war, according to CNNMoney.

Editor's Note: You Owe It to Yourself to Know What Obama and Bernanke Are Hiding From Americans

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