United Daily News (UDN), one of the primary Taiwanese news groups, recently reported that, according to a poll by the Pew Research Center, two-thirds of the American people regard China as the main competitor of United States. Most of them have no confidence in the Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s handling of international affairs. Younger Americans are less concerned than older Americans about the cross-Taiwan-strait tensions. China has so far refused to condemn Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine. Around 62 percent of the respondents were concerned about the China-Russian partnership. Among those polled, 47 percent are worried about China’s influence on U.S. policy, 43 percent are worried about China’s military power, and 35 percent each are worried about China’s economic competition and Taiwan Strait tensions. In the past year, the proportion of Americans who have a negative view of China has also increased, reaching 82 percent, of which 40 percent felt very negative. There are significant differences in the perceptions of China between older Americans and younger generations, with older Americans holding more negative views of China. With regard to Xi Jinping as a leader on the international stage, about 41 percent of the respondents said they had no confidence at all, and 42 percent were not very confident. Only 15 percent of the respondents had confidence that Xi Jinping can handle international affairs properly.
Source: UDN, April 28, 2022