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Part III: U.S.-China Common Issues

31. General Perceptions of Mutual Issues

Common Interest
US Survey
(BOTH SURVEYS) In what two areas do you think the U.S. and China share the most common interest?
Trade
China's domestic stability
Energy
Security in the Asian-Pacific region
Environment
Anti-terrorism
Nuclear non-proliferation
Public health
Other
None, The U.S. and China have no common interests
Not Sure
*Percentages total more than 100% as respondents were asked to select the top two responses.
China Survey
(BOTH SURVEYS) In what two areas do you think the U.S. and China share the most common interest?
Trade
China's domestic stability
Energy
Security in the Asian-Pacific region
Environment
Anti-terrorism
Nuclear non-proliferation
Public health
Other
None, The U.S. and China have no common interests
Not Sure
*Percentages total more than 100% as respondents were asked to select the top two responses.

Narrative Analysis

United States:
  • Clear majorities of all four samples cite trade as the most common interest between the United States and China. Agreement is mixed, however, among the remaining areas of potential common interest. The general public cites China's domestic political stability (20%), as do business leaders (23%), while opinion leaders name energy (23%) and Congressional staff name security in the Asia-Pacific region (29%).
China:
  • All three samples agree that trade is the area where China and the U.S. share the most interest, with 73% of business leaders, 68% of opinion leaders and 55% of the general public selecting trade. Among the remaining areas of potential common interest, the general public cites energy (24%) and the environment (24%). Business leaders select the same two issues, but put more emphasis on energy (37%) than the environment (26%), while the opinion leaders name anti-terrorism (26%), followed by the environment (24%). Opinion leaders (23%) and business leaders (22%) also cite security in the Asian-Pacific region as an important area of common interest.