PRN: A Primer for Vice President Xi Jinping: Young Americans View China as a Threat; List National Debt and Indebtedness to Foreign Powers as America's Top National Security Issues
A Primer for Vice President Xi Jinping: Young Americans View China as a Threat; List National Debt and Indebtedness to Foreign Powers as America's Top National Security Issues
WASHINGTON, February 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
- Future Chinese leader tours America, engages in multiple press events to improve China's image with stops in DC, Iowa, and California
As Chinese Vice President Xi embarks on a five-day tour of the United States, which includes trips to the District of Columbia, Iowa, and California, Generation Opportunity is highlighting results from its national poll demonstrating how America's young adults view threats to America, American national security, and its relationship to federal spending. The poll focuses specifically on young Americans ages 18-29 and reveals the opinions of young Americans on issues such as indebtedness to China, U.S. debt, and a variety of economic challenges.
Vice President Xi Jinping is expected to assume control of the Chinese Communist Party later this year and to then become president of China in 2013.
The poll reveals that 76 percent of young American adults view China as either an economic or military threat, 62 percent believe the top American national security issue is the U.S. debt - followed by energy dependency and indebtedness to foreign powers - and over 70 percent indicated very big concerns about America's deficit.Â
"Young Americans are very strong in their belief that America is an exceptional nation, but they believe that our growing debt, our indebtedness to foreign powers, like communist China, and our dependency on foreign sources of energy pose a threat to our national security.Â As vice president Xi tours America, he should understand that the overwhelming majority of young Americans view the Chinese government as an economic or military threat and that they are committed to increasing American economic and energy independence so that the United States remains a global leader.Â
"It is hard for Americans, especially young adults, to be impressed by foreign leaders who deny their citizens the basic human freedoms of speech and religious expression, especially in the age of social media and global commerce," said Paul T. Conway, president of Generation Opportunity and the former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Labor under Secretary Elaine L. Chao. Conway has also served as an official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is an alumnus of the Senior Executives in National and International Security program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
To reduce these vulnerabilitiesÂ and manage America's national security challenges, young Americans believe elected officials in Washington, D.C. need to get the country on more stable economic footing by cutting federal spending rather than raising taxes. They also believe the U.S. needs to increase the production of domestic energy sources such as oil, natural gas, and coal.
Generation Opportunity commissioned a poll with the polling company, inc./WomanTrend (April 16 - 22, 2011, +/- 4 percent margin of error) and highlights some of the results below.
The China Threat:
American National Security:
Young Americans Views on Washington Leaders and the Economy:
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