Why does the West overestimate China and underestimate Russia?
USSR was defeated by west not through military struggle, but through economic struggle. Thus the economic power, not military power, is the symbol of the mighty west that will defeat its enemies.
Today China is beating the west in its own game. So naturally the west is more alarmed by this and overestimating China.
In what context are you talking I was not aware the West had done either.Russia has had its day its China' s time to rise but I don' t see any overestimating here in fact it' s time has come partly because the West let it. That’ s underestimating.
Over estimate and under estimate are perception given by the public world.The country future is depending on how her team of ministers performance and reap the benefits for its citizens. They will not worry as how the others see and judge them as long as the development brings results to its people. That's the ultimate goals!
Based on the amount of attention China and Russia receive in Western media and public politics, the reality is probably the other way around. Western media seem to devote too much attention to Russia relative to Russia' S significance and perhaps not quite enough attention to China.
China is clearly the West' S real rival. China's economy has already outgrown the American economy when measured in purchasing power parity, and it is on track to surpass the U.S. economy in nominal terms. Russia' S position in the world economy is much weaker. Russia possesses substantial military power, but even in that respect it cannot challenge combined NATO forces. No one seriously believes that Russia poses a military threat to the West, let alone an economic threat.
Russia is more of a spoiler than a true rival. Maybe that explains the West’ S obsession with Russia in recent years. Russia is strong enough to play the role of a bogeyman, but weak enough to be an easy target and somewhat of a punching bag for Western politicians and media.
俄罗斯与其说是真正的对手，不如说是一个搅局者。 也许这就解释了近年来西方对俄罗斯的痴迷。 俄罗斯很强大，可以扮演一个怪兽的角色，但也很弱， 很容易成为西方政客和媒体的攻击目标，在某种程度上成为他们的出气筒。
On the one hand Russia' S significance is inflated. Russia is presented as determining outcomes of elections, referendums and wars across the world. On the other hand Russia is presented as a poor, backward, authoritarian, oppressive society. In both cases the Western media overstate the reality of Russia’ S domestic and international dynamics. The reality is that China is the rising superpower, whereas Russia is a significant but second-tier power trying to maintain its position in global affairs.