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59% Americans Have Favorable Opinion of China: Survey

Research published Thursday by an independent Chinese-American organization said that 59 percent of Americans surveyed had a favorable opinion of China, compared with 46 percent ten years ago.

Robert Lee, chairman of the Committee of 100, said the major factor behind the change appears to be China's shift toward a marketplace economy and its role as a major global economic power.

Moderating Americans' concerns about job losses and outsourcing were the benefits they see in China's low cost products, Lee said.

The survey found that China's importance as an ally of the US was viewed higher than in 1994, whilst human rights and environmental issues were the top two concerns.

Most were also against greater US involvement in Taiwan affairs, and there was clear opposition to the use of US military force.

Chinese immigration was perceived to be significantly "more positive than negative" and 23 percent said they had a friend or family member who has adopted a Chinese baby.

Over half viewed China as a potential threat both in economy and military affairs, but twice as many saw it as a serious economic threat than a serious military one.

The survey was conducted by Zogby International at the end of 2004 among 1,202 randomly selected adults and 203 opinion leaders.

Founded by prominent Chinese-Americans, the Committee of 100 is an independent, non-profit membership organization composed of people from a broad range of professions.

(Xinhua News Agency January 14, 2005)

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