Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
Opinion leaders and the general public were surveyed recently. One of the things both groups were asked to do was “Rate China as an Ally.”
Opinion leaders (nearly 60%) thought more highly of China than did the general public (less than 50%).
People in the know or people who influence others, it seems, find China to be more reliable than the general population.
If China is such a reliable ally, why are they always on the opposite side of issues at, for example, UN security issues?
I heard a while back that one reason China does this is so that it will have leverage against the US when negotiating in other areas.
China is big enough and now supplies enough to the world that it knows the world depends on its manufacturing capability. China is secure in its relationships and frankly does not care what other countries do, unless it means to stop buying perhaps. And even then, new customers are lined up.
In the end, if China can be on the other side of an issue from the US, it will.
I don’t think China is an ally.
What do you think?
As a reminder – these results and the results in other similar posts are from the Committee of 100 survey of American Attitudes toward China conducted this year (2006).
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.