Why are people afraid of a powerful China but not a powerful US?
Asim Qureshi, MA Physics, University of Oxford
Answered 10h ago
People are FAR more afraid of a powerful US than a powerful China.
According to a 2013 survey asking nearly 70,000 people in 65 countries, so this survey is as comprehensive as you get, nearly a quarter of those surveyed surveyed said the US is the greatest threat to world peace.
For China it's 6%.
Remember, this is before Trump.
Why is the US feared so much more than China?
China exerts its influence on the world by doing business, of mutual benefit, with other countries.
The US exerts its influence by bullying, supporting tyrannical dictatorships, and waging illegal wars.
BTW I'm a huge fan of many aspects of the US. But not its foreign policy…
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Rinat Abdekadir, I'm a Kazakh-Chinese who was born in Xinjiang.
I know many pro-American writers will try to emphasize their supposed moral supremacy over China but the truth of the matter is:
Rising powers are always looked upon with suspicion and fear.
Just look at what happened with Germany rising:
Look at what happened with Russia:
Look at what happened with Japan:
Look at what happened with America:
Many will say: China border disputes!
The SCS border disputes have been there since the 40’s, Vietnam has gone on a building and militarizing spree over the span of 30 years. China really only started to get hate when China became powerful enough to enforce their claim.
In fact, almost all of China’s border disputes have remained frozen for the god knows how long. Border disputes isn’t actually the real reason why people are afraid.