USA is enemy № 1 for China

Saturday, 8 October, 2016 - 07:15

Chinese people believe the United States is the "top threat" facing their country, a poll showed Wednesday, with most suspecting the world's number one economy of trying to "prevent China from becoming an equal power."

A survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Center revealed 45 percent of Chinese people consider U.S. power and influence to be a "major threat" — more than economic instability at 35 percent, climate change at 34 percent and the Islamic State group at only 15 percent.

The news comes as Beijing and Washington are at loggerheads over China's territorial claims in the South China Sea, with the U.S. urging China to adhere to the rule of law and Beijing accusing its ally of interference.