by Winston Chua
PASADENA – The Committee of 100 hosted its 21st annual conference on April 19-20 at the Langham in Pasadena.
“I’m honored to be one of the co-chairs of this event,” said U.S. and world figure skating champion and U.S. public diplomacy envoy Michelle Kwan. “Under the leadership of Dominic Ng, who is our president, it’s been fascinating for me to be involved to touch on key issues in U.S.-China relations.”
“The Committee of 100 does amazing work, with everything going on with China these days. I think it’s important they help build the bridge between U.S. and China relations and also help with the way people in American view China and vice versa,” said Kelly Hu, who starred in X2:X-Men United and The Scorpion King.
55% of the American public holds a favorable view of China while 59-percent of the Chinese public holds a similarly positive view of the US.
A majority of American public and business leaders believes the U.S. has a better international image than China. A majority of the Chinese public believes the opposite is true, but Chinese business leaders are divided on this perception.
The same categories of people agree China will have a leading influence in the Asia Pacific region 20 years from now. The same group of people believe the U.S. will remain the world’s leading superpower over the next 20 years.
Here are some additional findings: continuing with the pattern in 2007, the American public is generally not satisfied with the direction in which the U.S. 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. U.S. opinion and business leaders tend to be more optimistic now with about half thinking the country is on the right track, slightly higher than figures in 2007.
What is the domestic concern? Jobs and economy remains the top concerns for the American public and business leaders.
Here’s something interesting: generally speaking, when it comes to economic or military issues between U.S. and China, 67% of the American public believes Chinese Americans will support the U.S. American business leaders sharing the view exceed 77%. However, 25% of the American public believes Chinese Americans will support China with 7% not sure about Chinese Americans’ position.
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