China as a Rising Power: No Consensus Reached
China as a Rising Power: No Consensus Reached

A survey released on December 25 by the China Youth Daily shows that Chinese people have not yet reached a consensus as to whether the country is a major power. Over half of the survey respondents agree that China is powerful in both population and sports, but only 20 to 40 percent agree that China plays a powerful role in politics, diplomacy, economy, culture, natural resources, or military force.

The online survey was conducted by the website Tengxun.net, the ePanel of Beijing Yipai Market Consulting Ltd., and China Youth On Line, the web channel of China Youth Daily. According to China Youth Daily's report, a total of 15,190 respondents participated in the survey and were asked about views on a documentary film, “The Rise of a Major Power.”

According to the survey, 1.6 percent think that China has grown into a powerful country overall, 49 percent believe that China is still rising and the other 47 percent think that China has not yet become a major power.

The survey also says that 82.1 percent agree that China is powerful in its population and 50.9 percent agree that China excels in sports. In other respects, 40.3 percent of the respondents agree that China has an important influence on politics, 38.2 percent in diplomacy, 37.2 percent in economy, 26.5 percent in culture, 26.2 percent in natural resource and 24.8 percent in military force.

The survey also says that 95.7 percent of the respondents agree that Chinese citizens are far away from the image of people living a powerful country.

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