Americans View Relations with China as Important Despite Some Mistrust

The US-China summit in Washington, DC, will take place against a backdrop of security challenges facing the bilateral relationship. These include cyber attacks that have been ascribed to Chinese hackers and continued friction over China’s maritime activities in the South and East China Sea. While the American public is not particularly alarmed over—or is perhaps unaware of—China’s territorial advances, it expresses a significant amount of distrust toward China to deal responsibly with world problems. Yet given the importance of US-China relations, the public’s overarching inclination is that the United States actively cooperate with China rather than actively try to limit its rise. CONT.

Karl Friedhoff & Dina Smeltz, Chicago Council on Global Affairs