In this Dec 1, 2015 photo, a man walks with his kite after flying it in front of the skyline of the Lujiazui Financial District in Pudong in Shanghai, China. A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that more countries see China as the world's top economic power and have favorable view toward China in 2017. (Johannes Eisele / AFP)
WASHINGTON – More countries see China as the world's top economic power and have favorable view toward China in 2017, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.
Although the US still remains the leading economic power, the gap with China is narrowing, the survey found.
The survey was conducted among over 40,000 respondents in 38 countries, including US, Canada, UK, France, and India from February to May in 2017
According to the survey, in 24 of the 38 countries surveyed, most see the US as the global economic leader, while 12 countries named China as the world's top economy, double the number of nations who saw China in the economic lead between 2014 and 2016.
In Western Europe, people tend to list China, instead of US, as the global economic leader. Australia, Canada and Russia also tend to hold the same view.
Although US remained as the economic leader, the view has become less strong as in previous years, the survey found.
Over the past few years, the steepest drops in views of the US as the economic leader were in Africa and Latin America, said Pew. For example, in Senegal, from 2014 to 2016, 68 percent said the US was the economic leader, but it has dropped to 48 percent in 2017. In Mexico, the ratio also fell from 60 percent during the 2014-2016 period to 47 percent in 2017.
People also tend to express positive views about China. A median of 47 percent across the 38 countries surveyed have a favorable opinion about China while 37 percent have an unfavorable view, the survey found.
This Oct 4, 2015 photo shows an aerial night view of Shanghai, east China. (Photo / Xinhua)
China received the most positive ratings in sub-Saharan Africa. In some countries, such as Britain, Australia and Russia, the younger generation is more favorable toward China than their elders, said Pew.
The survey was conducted among over 40,000 respondents in 38 countries, including US, Canada, UK, France, and India from February to May in 2017.