Saturday, October 15, 2011

Chinese Opinion of America

"Dr. Yuan noted that Chinese generally have positive attitudes about the United States when it comes to its educational system, music and films, science and technology sectors, managements systems and commercial brands. But Chinese often take a negative view when it comes to policy issues, where they perceive the United States as acting hegemonic (dominance) or as the world’s policeman. These perceptions are frequently tied to the way they view the U.S. president, which, in turn, is related to the Taiwan issue. For instance, when President Clinton announced the “Three No’s” during his visit to China, his popularity in China increased. When President Bush was in China, he stated support for the one-China policy but added that the rights of the people on Taiwan must also be respected, and his numbers went down."

Published in 2007 this shows the effect media can have on the world. A nation where culture and lifestyle is so diverse from the way in which Americans lead their lives still are able to appreciate the technology and media of America. China and America have major ties in their technology and manufacturing of technology, for example the iPhone etc. so are therefore able to appreciate one another’s need for progress. However as China and America become more competitive economically due to Chinas growing economy I believe they may become less fond of each other’s ways especially politically. I believe Chinese citizens may become to resent America. In this article it is stated that the two nations differ in opinion when it comes to political issues due to past issues however the cultural differences of America’s idea of modernity and Chinas contrast of tradition and modernity causes tense. However this does show how easily views can change simply through the presidential relationship with each leader. The aims of each leader can change the opinion of the whole country itself when it may not necessarily be the view of the entirety of the country. It is also interesting to look at the view of the American people to those observing from outside the country. For example outside of America the feeling of Obamas election has been very positive however within the USA there seems to be much less positivity towards him due to his broken promises within the USA and the racial issues still present in America.

This article shows the typical view that the world holds of America therefore it creates a valid point of view along with the trusted view from a reputable website. The large amount of media exports from the USA throughout the world proves the views stated in this article as well as America seen as a profitable, consumer focussed country and as China grows economically we would appreciate that China would think positively about Americas commercial approach.

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