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The Wall Street Journal reported on Aug. 11 that an annual survey conducted since 2010 by the Pew Research Center reveals that over 80% of Chinese citizens feel satisfied with the developmental direction of the country.

As of 2016, 75% of those surveyed indicated that they believe China’s role in international affairs is more important than it was 10 years ago.

Sixty percent of those surveyed also said they have a positive view of China’s role in the global economy.

According to the report, Chinese leaders point out that the “Chinese Dream” has attracted the attention of the country’s middle class, swelling nationalistic hopes that the China can recover its international might.

On the international stage, foreign leaders have painted an image of China as an outsider, having an authoritarian government and hegemonic cultural ideation.

At the same time, however, China is trying to position itself as a leader in the areas of international trade, fighting global climate change and opposing inequality.

In the current social climate, Chinese exchange students and enterprises have spread across the globe, and there is endless discussion about China at the international level.

According to Chinese people, current nationalistic (some may say jingoistic) sentiments are merely built upon a well-deserved sense of dignity and pride.

Chinese people seem to be satisfied with the developmental direction of their country, as evidenced in part by an increase in the number of overseas students returning to China for work.

According to a report on Beijing China Economic Net published on April 11, as of the end of 2016, a little over 2.65 million overseas students have returned. Of those, 432,500 returned home in 2016, setting a new record.

Many of these returnees believe that employment opportunities in China are better than elsewhere.

If such trends continue, will we see a ‘Chinese exceptionalism’ akin to that of the perceived American exceptionalism? Only time will tell.

Source: DW News

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This is equal to those dictators who win 'elections' with 90% of the vote you can almost map out the thinking. 100% .... maybe not believable.... 80% yes that's believable. Fact, over 50% of China's wealthiest are actively trying to leave. My hometown has so many Chinese nationals every time I go to the supermarket or a department store I constantly hear mandarin or some other dialect. every single time out and more than 3 or 4 each time.

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