One third of Europeans and Americans see China's rapid economic growth to be an opportunity, while nearly 60 percent remain wary1 of China's rising economic power, an opinion poll the German Marshall Fund, a transatlantic think tank , showed on Monday.
One third of Europeans and Americans see China's rapid economic growth to be an opportunity.
China skeptics worrying about China's economy see its inexpensive goods export and their companies relocating to China as a threat, according to the poll which covered France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Britain and the United States.
Of the six European countries covered, 70 percent of people in France and only slightly fewer in Poland, Italy and Slovakia expressed jitters2 over China's emerging economy.
Traditionally free-trading Britain had more people who saw China as an opportunity than a threat, the survey found.
With European manufacturing coming under pressure from Asia, the European Commission has imposed anti-dumping duties on a range of Chinese exports, including leather shoes.
EU and Chinese negotiators are due to begin talks next month on a broad new bilateral3 agreement, including economic issues. And, US Treasury4 Secretary Henry Paulson is leading a high-level Washington delegation5 to China later this month.
The poll also showed 52 percent of respondents favored globalization in general, up from 46 percent in 2005.
Possibly behind that was a fall in dissatisfaction about the local economy -- 41 percent of Americans and 27 percent of Europeans were satisfied with their own economy, up from 30 and 20 percent respectively in 2005, the survey found.
The poll heard the views of about 1,000 people in each of the seven countries between September 5 and 25.