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China to Match US Superpower Status: Poll

The majority of people in the US, China, India, South Korea and Australia believe that the US will in the future loose its prestigious status as the world's only superpower, according to a new US and international public opinion study.

China to Match US Superpower Status: Poll

"Majorities in all surveyed countries believe that at some future point the US will be either equaled or surpassed by another country in power," concluded the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in its last study posted on its website.

"Sixty one percent of Americans believe that China will ultimately catch up with the US economically as do 60 percent of South Koreans and 50 percent of Chinese."

According to the study, which the CCGA conducts biennially, Americans seem to accept the rise of China with only 29 percent saying the US should actively work to limit the growth of China's power.

Sixty five percent favor friendly cooperation and engagement with China.

"Americans understand that China and India are rising economic and political forces and want the US government to choose engagement," said CCGA President Marshall M. Bouton.

Asians, including Indians, South Koreans, and Australians, are also quite comfortable with the rise of China.

The study presents a unique comparison of international attitudes on how the emergence of China and India as economic dynamos and claimants to great power status will affect the global economy, international security, and politics.

"Americans understand that China and India are rising economic and political forces and want the US government to choose engagement," said Bouton.

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

The study was conducted in partnership with the Asia Society and included representative polls of China and India and parallel surveys in South Korea and in Australia.

Founded in 1922, the CCGA is a leading independent, nonpartisan organization committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning.

Iraq Nightmare

The 89-page study found that Americans are frustrated about Iraq and 66 percent believe the experience should make the US more cautious about using military force in the future.

The Bush administration invaded Iraq in March 2003 on claims that it was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction, an allegation refuted by a later US presidential report which said the administration made the case for war despite intelligence doubts and strong voices of dissent.

Some 61 percent of Americans believe the Iraq invasion has not reduced the threat of terrorism while 64 percent think it will not lead to the spread of democracy in the Middle East.

A recent New York Times/CBS News poll discovered that for the first time since the invasion-turned-occupation of the Arab country, the majority of Americans believe Iraq is not part of the so-called war on terror as President George Bush keeps insisting.

A survey for BBC World Service radio showed on Tuesday, February 28, that most people in 33 out of 35 countries worldwide believe that the Iraq war has increased the threat of terrorism.

Experts and politicians in Europe have said that the Iraq invasion-turned-occupation has fuelled home-grown terrorism.

The CCGA study found that sixty-six of Americans believe that the Iraq war has also worsened America's relations with the Muslim world.

A recent global poll by the American Pew Research Center indicated that the presence of US forces in Iraq weigh heavily on the US image in the Muslim world as well as in Europe and Japan.

Three out of four Americans polled by the CCGA worry that the US plays the role of world policeman more than it should.

Among foreign policy priorities, only 17% of Americans describe spreading democracy abroad as a very important foreign policy goal, ranking last of a list of 12 foreign policy priorities.

For the past five years, the US has been championing a "democracy" drive worldwide.

A December Gallup poll, conducted in 10 nations that comprise 80 percent of the world's Muslim population, found that an overwhelming majority of Muslims strongly doubted the United States was trying to establish democracy in the Middle East.

Oil, protecting Israel and dominating the region were seen as US goals, according to the survey.

Click here to read the CCGA report in full.

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