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  • Business practices in the us: Chinese business leaders cite US import measures—tariff protections and anti-dumping—as major US business barriers, followed by legal and regulatory differences, US bureaucratic interference, cultural differences, complex trade approval procedures, and lack of knowledge about doing business in the US, similar to 2007 responses.
  • Mixed blessings in investments: US elites overwhelmingly agree US-China bilateral investment will stimulate both economies, result in closer bilateral ties, and create jobs in the US. The US public is supportive but less convinced in each case. Three quarters of US elites agree such investments will result in the Chinese buying more US treasuries; 3 in 5 of the American public agree. The American public (60%) agrees bilateral investments will result in the risk of America losing control over its own economy, but only one third of US elites share this view. Despite mixed benefits and perceived risks, the American public encourages Chinese investment in the US by a 2 to 1 margin; American elite support exceeds 80%.
  • Safety in US treasury bonds: About 90% of the American elites believe US Treasury bonds to be a safe investment, but one third of the American public disagrees. About 60% of the Chinese public and elites similarly think US treasuries are not a safe financia linvestment.
  • Media sources: The American public receives news about China primarily through English-language television. American elites receive their news about China primarily through English-language newspapers and secondarily through English-language Internet, a significant increase from 2007. Very few US adults rely on Chinese-language media sources. The Chinese public receives news about the US primarily through Chinese-language television and secondarily through Chinese language Internet and newspaper. Over 80% of Chinese elites rely on the Chinese-language Internet to obtain news about the US; at least one-third of them also use English-language Internet. Chinese public and elites’ usage of English language media for news exceeds their US counterparts' use of Chinese language media.
  • Perceived truth in media reporting: The high degree of skepticism from American and Chinese public and elites about the other nation’s media reporting of their own nation is an indication of mutual distrust. A majority of Americans do not believe the Chinese media portrays an accurate picture of the US, and a majority of the Chinese respondents do not believe the American media portrays an accurate picture of China. More surprisingly, Americans and Chinese are also skeptical about their own nation’s media reporting of the other nation—a majority of Americans do not believe the American media reports truthfully about China, and a majority of Chinese elites do not believe the Chinese media reports truthfully about the US. About half of the Chinese public (49%) think Chinese media reports about the US are accurate.
Domestic Views
  • View on national direction: Continuing the pattern in 2007, the American public is generally not satisfied with the direction in which the US is heading. Only 36% of the American public thinks that their country is on the right track, minimal change from 2007. Approximately 58% believes the country is on the wrong track, essentially the same as 59% in 2007. US opinion (47%) and business leaders (48%) tend to be more optimistic now with about half thinking the country is on the right track, slightly higher than 40% and 44% respectively in 2007. The Chinese public (74.1%) and elites-opinion (64.8%) and business leaders (72.2%)—think China is on the right track, a 20-percentage point drop among elites compared to 2007.
  • Top domestic concerns: Jobs and the economy are by far the top concerns of the American public and elites. Their next concern covers internal governance issues, including politics, government, campaign finance reform, budget, spending, and deficit. The Iraq war, peace and foreign policy—top issues in 2007—fell to the third tier. The Chinese general public puts corruption as the number one concern; business leaders identify AIDs and other communicable diseases; the opinion leaders place top emphasis on Taiwan, morality and values.