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at 33%:

Almost an equal number of respondents - 57 percent - think China will be the world's most important player in 2020, 37 percent say it will be Russia and 33 - the EU and Japan.

Which is totally bizarre (I see Japan's influence as far lower than the EU's, and the EU's as far higher than Russia's.)

China got 57% to the U.S.'s 61%.

And while the following is encouraging, as far as China and Russia go --

In addition, Chinese and Russians think their countries should develop closer ties with the EU (98 and 91 percent, respectively), while 78 percent of Americans, 68 percent of Indians and 48 percent of Japanese share the same view.

-- I'm puzzled and disappointed that relatively so few Japanese are interested in closer ties with the EU.

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 03:24:20 AM EST
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I am disappointed by the apparent difficulty that my fellow human beings seem to have in counting to one.

Based on those figures, it seems that when you ask someone who will be THE MOST important player in 2020, you get, on average, 2.5 answers.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 03:30:47 AM EST
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Which I find a most appropriate answer in these schizophrenic times. ;-)

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 06:08:04 AM EST
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