Op­ti­mistic Coun­try

Beijing Review - - THIS WEEK SOCIETY -

China is the most op­ti­mistic coun­try in the world, with 91.4 per­cent of its cit­i­zens say­ing they be­lieve their coun­try will be­come a bet­ter place in the next decade, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased on Novem­ber 12.

The re­port, Pri­or­i­ties of

Progress: Un­der­stand­ing Cit­i­zens’ Voices, re­leased by the Economist In­tel­li­gence Unit (EIU) on Novem­ber 12, was based on a global sur­vey of 50 coun­tries to ex­am­ine how cit­i­zens feel about their coun­try’s progress.

The study in­di­cated a more gen­eral pos­i­tive out­look in the emerg­ing mar­kets of Asia and Africa than Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Eco­nomic Co-oper­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment coun­tries, pri­mar­ily made up of de­vel­oped coun­tries. Be­sides

China, more than 70 per­cent of re­spon­dents in In­done­sia and Viet Nam said they think their coun­try is mov­ing to­ward a bet­ter so­ci­ety; while the num­ber in the United States was only 38 per­cent, with Ger­many and Italy even lower at 12 per­cent.

The re­port also showed that de­vel­op­ing coun­tries are in­creas­ingly em­brac­ing sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy for a bet­ter fu­ture. In­dia and China have a strong sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy ecosys­tem in ar­eas like ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and dig­i­ti­za­tion, while leapfrog in­no­va­tion is help­ing peo­ple across Africa over­come in­fra­struc­ture con­straints.

The per­cent­age of re­spon­dents

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