American fears of China are amplified by the US economic recession. It’s interesting that this anxiety is not matched by similar confidence amongst Chinese people:
Interestingly, while Americans tend to grossly exaggerate China’s economic prowess, Chinese themselves downplay it. A recent poll conducted by the Global Times, a Chinese Communist Party tabloid, found that only 12% of respondents believe that China has already become a superpower.
Very interesting piece on Chinese threat perceptions and the role of the Government in perpetuating.
According to a Pew survey, Americans think by two to one (60% to 27%) that China’s economic strength is a greater threat than its military might. And a 58% majority says it is very important to build a stronger relationship with China.
Very well written piece exploring the complex relationship between Tsingtao and imperialism in China.
The Tsingtao Brewery reflects a complex story of foreign influence: founded by colonizing Europeans, it fell into Japanese hands during the First World War. The city was reoccupied by Japan in the 1930s, then by American marines in 1945. The brewery survived the communist victory of 1949 despite its awkward history as a foreign product made to satisfy colonial tastes and owned for decades by occupying, imperial powers. In 1954, then state owned, Tsingtao began exporting. As China’s best-selling beer, it has become ubiquitous in Chinese restaurants in more than sixty countries. Today, as a local resident proclaimed to the China Daily, one “cannot be a real Qingdao person without beer.”