Friday, June 18, 2010

China versus the United States in Popularlity


The United States of America is still popular in key countries compared to the People's Republic of China according to a Pew poll featured in The Economist. While America has some passionate despisers, China's human rights abuses keep the economic powerhouse's support at more moderate levels.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

At least China minds its own business. Who invaded Iraq? Who bombed Serbia? Who has the more confrontational and aggressive foreign policy?

Catholicgauze said...

To answer your questions: the U.S. But did not the People's Republic invade Tibet? The Free Zones of the Republic of China? And does it not finance murderous regimes in Burma, Sudan, and North Korea?

Catholicgauze said...

And more importantly: does it not mistreat its own citizens?

And for environmentalists out there: doesn't it have one of the worst environmental policies out there?

Anonymous said...

Who finances Israel? Is it not a murderous regime? China has vested interests in bordering countries like North Korea and Burma. If you look at the peace index you will see America is less peaceful then China. Perhaps China mistreats its own citizens, although I see that as a Chinese issue. In any case when did the Chinese people ever enjoy western style rights? During the Opium wars? When Japan occupied them? China does not maintain 700+ military bases in 135countries around the world. America does. You are right about the pollution. But what was the situation like in Victorian era Britain when the country was being industrialized?

Catholicgauze said...

Ah, I see my cookie log that you, Anonymous, are the same one raving against the "Jews."

135 countries? Wow, that's a lot. Perhaps you can source that claim.

BTW, be careful about using the argument "well, X people never had rights so why should they have them now." Who wept from the Palestinians when they were occupied in the West Bank by Jordan, when Nasser ended the Palestinian government in Egyptian-controlled Gaza, and now when Arab governments won't give citizenship/work rights to the great-grandchildren of Palestinians who fled in 1948?

Anonymous said...

That's right buddy, just label me as some wild-eyed anti-Semite. End of discussion. For one source may I suggest AMERICA'S EMPIRE OF BASES by Chalmers Johnson. What exactly do you think would be the realistic alternative to today's government in China? It would likely be the chaos of the local warlords. I'll say this. Which country do you think is more likely to be in military conflict with some other nation in the next ten years: America or China?

Catholicgauze said...

Anonymous,
You blamed the Iraq War on "fascist Jews." If that is not anti-Semitic I don't know what is.
As for the bases in 100+ countries worldwide. No. Check out Wikipedia's List of United States military bases.
I think China and the United States will be involved in the same amount of conflicts this upcoming decade when one considers military police actions against the countries own citizens and supporting allied governments in cable wars (special force-style ops).

Anonymous said...

Three points I would like to put out there:

1) China is one of the worst perpetrators when it comes to human rights and basic freedoms for its people. Since China's economic power is growing in leaps and bounds, it is basically doing what many western countries (ie, US, UK, etc) have done and still continue to do to many African nations (neo-colonialism).

2) Present, excluding the past, the US is one of the best countries in the world when it comes to human rights of its own citizens. But when it comes to the US getting involved in other countries, it saddens me to say it is far from the truth.

3) I don't have a source of the top of my head, but I am willing to bet that the US's popularity in say 2006 or 2007 or 2008 was far worse when President Bush was in office. A significant amount of positive ratings that the U.S. receives today can be attributed to the Obama administration.