Chapter 5: US perspectives on China: trends and attitudes in US public opinion, media, scholarship and leadership statements
This chapter reviews relevant public opinion polls and surveys, conducts a review of media reporting on China within the United States’ most influential media sources, examines academic writing from the United States’ most prominent Sinologists, and researches key speeches on China by top US leadership to determine dominant US perspectives toward China. Through these sources, which collectively constitute the dominant narrative within the United States on China, the chapter determines major trends in US perspectives toward China on politics, economics and military issues. The chapter limits its query to 2014–15 to ensure a manageable timeframe for analysis. This sample of time is relevant as contemporary perceptions have the greatest potential to influence current US–China relations.
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