Poll: U.S. Fear Of China Fading

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Fear of China seems to be fading among Americans, as they no longer consider China as their greatest enemy, according to a new poll.

Only 12 percent of Americans see China as the greatest enemy of the U.S., according to a Gallup poll. That is down from 20 percent in 2014 and 23 percent in 2012.

China now ranks behind Russia and North Korea, which received 18 percent and 15 percent of the vote, respectively, compared to 9 percent and 16 percent last year. Iran and Iraq took fourth and fifth position in the list, with 9 and 8 percent share, respectively.

Now only 40 percent of Americans see China as an economic threat to the U.S., down from 52 percent in both 2013 and 2014.

According to Gallup, the drop in the percentage of Americans viewing China's economy as a critical threat might be because of other major issues like the Islamic State or ISIS and the situation in Ukraine. Additionally, U.S. economy has also improved while Chinese economic growth seems to have slowed down recently.

Meanwhile, Americans now consider Russia as its greatest enemy. However, in 2012 only 2 percent of Americans named Russia, which increased to 9 percent last year and now reached 18 percent. Ongoing tensions between Russia is considered to be the major contributing factor.

More Americans now consider Russia's military power as a critical threat to the U.S., with about 49 percent currently having this view, up from 32 percent last year.

"Despite the increase in perceptions of Russia's military power as a critical threat, the issue still is rated well behind other international challenges such as terrorism generally, the ISIS group specifically, and Iran's development of nuclear weapons," Gallup says.

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