Chinese also view the U.S. as the world's most powerful nation, more so than most Americans, the survey found, with 80 percent of Chinese selecting it, compared with only 66 percent of Americans. In fact, only 12 percent of Chinese see their own country as the most powerful nation today, less than the 18 percent of Americans who view China that way, the survey said.
But Chinese are also expecting this power differential to change, with 44 percent expecting their own country will become the most powerful within a decade, in line with the 45 percent of Chinese who expect the U.S. will remain the most powerful, the survey found.
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"They're determined to see this change happen. They justify their optimism with the example of the past 30 years when extraordinary economic growth helped lift over 200 million Chinese people into the middle class," WPP said.
Chinese are also more confident about their country's economic outlook, expecting strong growth, which will help them realize their personal dreams.
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"They're also more confident that personal income will rise steadily over the next 10 years. Young Chinese are especially optimistic about income growth," the report said.
But while the Chinese appear more optimistic about their country's trajectory than their American or British counterparts, they are also more worried about things out of their control.