U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama is visiting China, in part to promote ‘people-to-people’ relationships between the two countries. China Real Time hit the streets to see how average Beijinger views the U.S.-China relationship.
Peng Xu
23, 7-Eleven cashier
What’s your opinion of the U.S.? My deepest impression about America is Wall Street and its financial industry. Also, Americans are polite.

What do you think of the U.S.-China relationship? America and China aren’t friends. They seem to be friendly on the surface but nobody knows what’s really going on inside.

Liu Xuyang
18, high school student
What’s your opinion of the U.S.? America is rich and things there aren’t expensive. Meat is cheap, but the price of vegetables is higher. And many Americans are fat.

What do you think of the U.S.-China relationship? War isn’t going to break out in the next 50 years. But because I’m not in the army, I don’t really think war is any of my business.

What misconceptions do you think Americans have about Chinese?Misunderstandings come from regional differences. For example, in America electronic games are just for playing and for fun. In China, they’re more professional.

Wang Jiayu
22, college student
What’s your opinion of the U.S.? I’m most impressed by Manhattan and the American TV series “Gossip Girl,” but they also make me think America is kind of pompous as a whole.

What do you think of the U.S.-China relationship? It isn’t positive.

What misconceptions do you think Americans have about China? Americans consider Chinese uncivilized. But not everyone is like this–everyone is different.

Yan Ercan
52, cleaner
What’s your opinion of the U.S.? Americans follow rules very well. For example, I once saw an American wait for a policeman’s guidance after a small traffic accident instead of running away.

What do you think of the U.S.-China relationship? It isn’t positive. The two countries are using each other based on their own interests.

What misconceptions do you think Americans have about China? The most problematic part between these two countries is the issue of Taiwan. America and Taiwan are tied closely, and they put a lot of pressure on China.

By China Real Time, March 21, 2014 in The Wall Street Journal