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The rise of India and China would be in focus in a three part series starting Dec 3 on “Asian America” on WNYE/WNYC, the only nationally syndicated Asian affairs television show in the United States.Titled “Global Power and Perspectives”, the shows use as a takeoff point a multi-nation survey that the Asia Society conducted on the rise of the two Asian giants and what peoples from different countries think about various issues.
Moderated by Asia Society president Vishakha Desai, the roundtable discussions address questions and issues such as: “Who Will Be the Most Powerful Country” – to “Stereotypes and Sensitivities” – to “The View from Here” (among Asian Americans).
Guests on the shows include Manjeet Kripalani, Council on Foreign Relations fellow, Sadanand Dhume, Asia Society fellow, Dr. Sunita Mukhi, Director of Asian and Asian American programmes, Lu Xiaobo, Columbia University, Wendy Chan, Definity Marketing, and Tracy Hong, Asian American Justice Center.
Highlights of the Asia Society survey:
* Americans believe that in ten years, China will become the world’s second leading power, behind the US.
*Chinese however believe they are already there, and that in ten years they will equal the US.
* Indians believe they, not the Chinese, are already second to the US – but they do not believe they will equal or surpass the US in ten years.
* All three believe that another will equal or surpass the US within 50 years.
* The Asian countries surveyed all have warm feelings towards China, though Americans give it a cool rating.
* Asian countries surveyed have a positive view of China’s role in resolving key problems in Asia, while a plurality of Americans have a negative view.
* Many do not trust China to act responsibly in the world, and more Americans, South Koreans, and Indians think China practices unfair trade than think the opposite.
* Feelings towards India are warm, though trust of India is generally low.
* The Chinese mistrust the US more.
* A plurality of Indians and Chinese are positive about their relationship, seeing it as a partnership more than a rivalry. Americans, however think the two are rivals.
* The threat of epidemics such as AIDS and avian flu is considered critical in China.
* Indians agree but are also very concerned about international terrorism, unfriendly countries becoming nuclear powers, and Islamic fundamentalism.
* Disruption in energy supply ranks near the top of the list of critical threats in all countries surveyed except India.
* Chinese and Indians think countries should have the right to go to war with another country to preserve access to vital resources such as energy.
* Asians agree with Americans that the Iraq war has not reduced the threat of terrorism