Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Asian Poll Foresees US Losing Superpower Status To China

China has become a global manufacturing power and is already displacing the United States as the primary trading partner for many nations.
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Oct 12, 2006
Asians see the United States losing its undisputed superpower status in 50 years to possibly China amid waning trust in Washington to act responsibly in the world, a poll showed Wednesday. But most Asians felt the growth of Chinese military power would be a potential source of conflict between major powers in the region, according to the study by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA), an independent US think tank.

In the immediate term, US power in the eyes of Asians remains secure.

US influence today is "substantially above any other country" even as others have gained clout, and Asians do not predict much of decline in US influence over the next decade, according to the survey in partnership with US-based Asia Society.

In half a century, however, a majority in all countries covered by the poll -- China, India, South Korea and the United States -- believed "another nation" will become as powerful or surpass the United States in power.

"There is a clear agreement across the board that over the next half century Asians see the United States no more the sole superpower that it is or considered to be today," CCGA president Marshall Bouton told a news conference in Washington.

The survey did not specify in its questions which nation people believe will match or overtake the United States.

"We can only infer what nation people had in mind when they answered that question," Bouton said. When asked whether it was China, he said "I guess so."

China has become a global manufacturing power and is already displacing the United States as the primary trading partner for many nations.

"It is utilizing increased East Asian economic interdependence and skillful diplomacy to co-opt the interests of its neighbours and assert its influence throughout Asia," Bouton said.

China has also amassed the world's largest trade surplus and world's largest foreign exchange reserves. Its current account surplus has already surpassed that of Japan, the world's second richest economy after the United States.

According to the survey, the Chinese see themselves as the second greatest power in the world today and becoming the equal of the United States within ten years.

While Asians, according to the survey, were quite comfortable with the rise of China, there seems to be some concern that the rise of Chinese military power will be destabilizing for the region.

Eighty-eight percent of South Koreans and 77 percent of Indians said it was likely that the growth of Chinese military power would be a potential source of conflict between major powers in Asia.

Interestingly, more Americans see this potential source of conflict in Asia as "very likely" than Asians themselves.

The poll also found Asians, including the Chinese, still wanting the United States to remain engaged in the region though they express low trust in the United States to act responsibly.

On the prolonged Iraq war, Asians agreed with Americans that the conflict has not reduced the threat of terrorism, will not lead to the spread of democracy in the Middle East and has worsened relations with the Muslim world.

Trust in the United States to act responsibly in the world is "low," according to the poll.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Related Links
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at
China News From

Bring Back The Tsar
Washington (UPI) Oct 09, 2006
Russia's ruling elite should be feeling rather pleased with themselves. The high oil prices have inspired an economic boom, and the proud Western oil corporations who demanded highly favorable terms to invest in Russia are now being forced to renegotiate while Russia's own energy giants scoop off the cream.

  • Asian Poll Foresees US Losing Superpower Status To China
  • Bring Back The Tsar
  • Big Powers To Hold Crucial Meeting On Iran With UN Sanctions In View
  • Russia To Provide Significant Military Aid To Allies Says Ivanov

  • Bush Waves Sticks And Carrots At North Korea In Nuclear Standoff
  • North Korea Plays Down Nuclear Test At Home
  • Only A Matter Of Time Before North Korea Could Attack Say Japanese Analysts
  • Ahmadinejad Says Iran Will Develop Full Nuclear Fuel Cycle

  • Raytheon Awarded US Army Contract For Wireless Precision Assault Missiles
  • Ukraine Seeks Missile Alliance With Israel
  • BAE Systems Inertial Measurement Unit Selected For New Air-to-air Missile
  • South Korea Develops Cruise Missile

  • No Missile Defense Deployment Offer From US Yet Says Poland
  • O'Reilly Flies High At Missile Defense Agency
  • North Korean Test A Spur To US Missile Defense Program
  • Japan Give Ballistic Missile Defence A Boost For Bush

  • GAO Report On Progress Of Implementing Aerospace Recommendations
  • US Air-Transportation System Must Become More Agile
  • Airbus Sinks Into Chaos
  • Supersonic Shockwaves Add Joust To Air Combat

  • Boeing Manned/Unmanned Light Helicopter Makes First Flight
  • Boeing X-45A To Be Inducted Into Smithsonian And USAF National Museum
  • Live Firing on Dragonfly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
  • Intelligent Unmanned Aircraft Planned

  • Updated Iraq Survey Affirms Earlier Mortality Estimates
  • Assessing The New Iraqi Army In Late 2006
  • US Commander In Iraq Says No More Troops Needed Now
  • Winds Of Change In Iraq

  • Raytheon Delivers First Excalibur Production Rounds To The US Army
  • Scientists Look to Help Soldiers Overcome High Altitude
  • F-22 Raptor Ready For Its Combat Role
  • New Radar Flies High As Crucial Tests Begin

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement