Six in ten Chinese don't see their country as a 'superpower'

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New Delhi, Mar.27 : Many Chinese do not consider their country to be a world superpower, a survey, by social research company Horizon Research has claimed.

About six in 10 said they did not consider the country as a superpower, while about 22 percent said the country will never become one.

Another 20 percent said the country's journey to becoming a superpower would take more than two decades.

The survey that polled over 3,000 residents in 10 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, found 60 percent of those polled, saying that the country should strengthen collaboration with international organizations or other countries on a wide range of global issues.

"It is a very normal attitude among Chinese citizens, to actively participate in international affairs, but not necessarily to do so as the leader," said Wang Yizhou, deputy director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

"The Chinese people wish for their government to work with other countries to achieve global objectives, but they don't want to become the flag-raiser," Wang added.

"According to Deng's theory, when it comes to foreign policies, China is to participate, not to lead, not to have enemies," Wang said.

The approach has had profound influence on many Chinese politicians, think tanks and the public, Wang added.

However, what has changed is the level and scale of fields that the country has participated in on the global stage, given its development into an economic power from one of the world's poorest countries, Wang said.

The country's overseas presence and interests are gradually expanding as well, Wang said.

Chinese overseas students, for instance, account for one-seventh of the world's total number of overseas students, while the number of outbound tourists keeps rising, he said.

Global concerns such as climate change and the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula have shown that the views of Beijing and its willingness to act on them have become prerequisites to any solution, Wang said.

This trend has in turn raised the global vision and awareness of the Chinese, the expert said.

At the same time, experts said the survey has shown that more should be involved in assessing the power and influence of a country.

Yan Xuetong, head of the Institute of International Studies at Tsinghua University, said an accurate assessment of a country's power depends on its economic, military and political spheres, in addition to its cultural and intellectual prowess.

As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, China should help maintain world peace, strengthen its democracy and seek prosperity for its own people, said Wang Yusheng, a Beijing-based researcher of international relations.

ANI

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