Investigation Report on the Chinese and American People's Concept of the World(2016)
Zhang Kun;Zhang Mingxin;
Analyzing Sino-US national survey data collected by Collaborative Innovation Center on State Communication Strategy in 2015~2016, this paper examines the basic features of the Chinese and American people's "world view" from four aspects, including the great-power concept, perception on Europe, perception on Asia-Pacific countries and neighbors, and perception on international relations as well. The study shows that the United States, China, Germany, Russia, Japan, Britain, France, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Israel, India are the major world powers in the eyes of the Chinese and American people. To the Chinese, they are more interested in Britain, France and Germany, while the American people have a better understanding of the three countries. Regarding positive attitudes to countries, Americans are closer to Britain and France, the Chinese feel better about Germany. Also, the study reveals that both the Chinese and American people do not understand Asia-Pacific and surrounding countries very well. At the same time, people of both countries prefer their own countries and have unfavorable impression on each other. They believe that most competitive countries in the world are Japan, the United States and China, the current important bilateral relationship is evaluated by the Chinese and Americans with their own national interests as the starting point. From foreign policy and international communication perspective, this paper further discusses practical significance of the above findings.