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Part II: China's Rise and Its Implications for U.S.-China Relations

29. Perspectives on the State of U.S.-China Relations

Government Handling of Bilateral Relations
US Survey
(BOTH SURVEYS) How would you rate the U.S. government's handling of its relations with China?
General Public
Business Leaders
Congressional Staffers
Opinion Leaders
China Survey
(BOTH SURVEYS) How would you rate the U.S. government's handling of its relations with China?
General Public
Business Leaders
Opinion Leaders

Narrative Analysis

United States:
  • When asked to rate the U.S. government's handling of its relations with China, the American government receives a slightly more positive rating among business leaders (34%) and the general public (30%) than the Chinese government. Opinion leaders (28%) rate both countries equally, while Congressional staffers take a more negative view of the American government's efforts (82%) than the Chinese government's efforts (74%).
China:
  • Across the board, all three samples give lower average scores to the U.S. government than they did for their own government, with 55% of the general public, 66% of opinion leaders and 50% of business leaders giving a negative rating to the American government.
  • A sizable percentage of opinion leaders (53%) think the government's performance is fair, 11 and 12 percentage points respectively above the percentage of business leaders and the general public who hold this view.