China Passes Japan as Most Important Asian Partner

For the first time since 1985, China has overtaken Japan as America’s most important Asian partner, according to a new survey from the Japanese Foreign Ministry and Gallup that polled 200 U.S. opinion leaders. The results reflect China’s meteoric rise in economic and diplomatic power and influence:


Opinion leaders who chose Japan as the U.S.’s most important Asian ally in 2008


Chose China in 2008


Chose Japan in 2010


Chose China in 2010