Important to view poll result objectively
The Gallup survey result reflects China's development as well as the US' waning reputation. But that does not necessarily mean China has surpassed the US in real power.
China has gained in national strength and has been playing a greater global leadership role over the past five years, promoting globalization and free trade.
Global confidence in US leadership may have declined, but there is still a gap between China and the US when it comes to comprehensive power. The US still has profound worldwide influence, and it still leads in fields such as high-tech and trade.
However, China should see the survey result as a sign of gaining greater support for its international role. And it should strengthen multilateral cooperation in fields such as emission reduction and produce more public goods.
- Yang Mian, a professor at the Institute of International Relations, Communication University of China
Cooperation will yield mutual benefit
The changes in US policies, particularly in finance and trade, have affected the world at different levels. The global financial crisis that spread from the US has had a huge negative impact on the US' global leadership role. The support for the US dropped to a record low during the first year of Donald Trump's presidency, because he has failed to realize even part of his promise to make "America great again", with the 69-hour government shutdown adding to the US administration's woes.
The lesson China must learn from the poll result is that cooperation is vital to mutual benefit. China's proposals, including building a community of shared future for all humankind, the Belt and Road Initiative, and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, are win-win in nature.
Sino-US ties, however, should be stable in the long run. In the short term, bilateral conflicts will increase because Trump needs to show "achievements", such as reducing the trade deficit with China and consolidating its world leadership role, to win the mid-term elections.
- Wang Honggang, head of World Politics Institute, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
Make more efforts for self-development
The survey result does not mean Beijing has replaced Washington as the global leader. Instead, it means Beijing's influence in the world has expanded. An important reason for China's rising influence is its promotion of globalization, in sharp contrast to the US' protectionist policies and withdrawal from multilateral mechanisms such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and the 2015 Paris climate accord.
China should also explore better multilateral cooperation platforms and mechanisms that allow innovation to play a greater role. For example, it can use its high-speed railway technology to deepen cooperation with other countries.
Also, China must make more efforts to remove the ideological bias that many countries still have－of viewing the rise of a non-Western power with suspicion－by convincing the international community that it has no intention of seeking hegemony.
- Wang Fan, vice-president of China Foreign Affairs University
This article originally appeared on the China Daily website
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