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China is perceived by an increasing number of foreign people as a global power as a result of the country's wider participation in international affairs with growing confidence and global influence in 2015, according to a Global Times survey of respondents from 20 countries.
Nearly 70 percent of foreign respondents agreed that China is already a global power, 4.7 percentage points higher than in 2014, according to a survey by the Global Times Global Poll Center about China's image and its global influence this year.
The survey also shows some 72 percent of foreign respondents believe China has the economic strength of a global power, far more than those who believe in China's military power and political power - both around 30 percent.
The survey was conducted among 20,811 respondents from 20 countries across six continents. This included Chinese respondents and those from the US, Russia, Japan, the UK, Australia, France, Brazil and South Africa, from October 13 to November 25.
China has seen greater and more substantial achievements in 2015, such as the progress of the "Belt and Road" initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, said Hu Yishan, a senior researcher at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and a former political secretary to the Malaysian prime minister.
This progress has contributed a lot to the growth of the world economy and probably a wider recognition of China as a great power, Hu noted.
However, there is a huge gap between Chinese people and foreigners in seeing China as a global power - only 27.9 percent of Chinese respondents said yes, the survey shows.