People are increasingly identifying themselves as global rather than national citizens, according to a BBC World Service poll.The trend is particularly marked in emerging economies, where people see themselves as outward looking and internationally minded.However, in Germany fewer people say they feel like global citizens now, compared with 2001.Pollsters GlobeScan questioned more than 20,000 people in 18 countries. More than half of those asked (56%) in emerging economies saw themselves first and foremost as global citizens rather than national citizens. In Nigeria (73%), China (71%), Peru (70%) and India (67%) the data is particularly marked.By contrast, the trend in the industrialised nations seems to be heading in the opposite direction.In these richer nations, the concept of global citizenship appears to have taken a serious hit after the financial crash of 2008. In Germany, for example, only 30% of respondents see themselves as global citizens.
Where does identifying as European/Western fit in?
It is so much part of US life and now we are getting it here [...]
That's so like 1990s, RJ!
B&R, the Belt and Road Initiative (also known as One Belt One Road or The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road or sometimes Silk Road 2.0). This infrastructure project, connecting East Asia with Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa through Central, South and West Asia, is often seen as a political project, Chinese projection versus American containment. Perceived American naval blocade is countered with the dictum, Go West, Young Nation![...]
The Chinese people recognise their country's growing prominence on the world stage: 75% say China is playing a more important role in world affairs than it did 10 years ago, and only 10% of suggest that they are a less important player in the global arena.Indians as well acknowledge their country's growing international stature: 68% say India plays a more important role in the world today compared with 10 years ago, and only 15% suggest that India plays a less important role. Both the Chinese and Indians are far more likely than Europeans at 23% or Americans, 21%, to assume that their nation plays a more important role on the world stage today than it did a decade ago.
A Brazilian friend told me...
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