US and China are not enemies, report says
The media and others frequently portray the US and China as mutual enemies, but the attitudes of Americans and Chinese toward each other’s country are less extreme, according to a survey.
The US-China Security Perceptions Survey, released Thursday by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the China Strategic Culture Promotion Association, showed that low percentages of the US and Chinese public viewed the other country as an enemy — 15 percent in the US and 12 percent in China.
The percentages were even smaller with the US elites (consisting of government officials, scholars, business leaders and others), with 2 percent of the government and 1 percent of business leaders saying they viewed China as an enemy.
But a major takeaway of the report is that “there’s a high level of distrust both among elites and the publics in both countries toward the other,” said Michael Swaine, lead author of the report.