Singapore’s primary Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao recently reported that a recent poll of 19 countries by the Pew Research Center, an American think tank, showed that an average of 68 percent of respondents hold a negative view of China. Many countries are at or near record highs. Among them, the ratios of Japan, Australia, Sweden, the United States and South Korea are all over 80 percent, 87 percent, 86 percent, 83 percent, 82 percent and 80 percent, respectively. Laura Silver, a senior fellow at the Pew, said that two things stood out about this year’s polling results. First is that the proportion of people with a negative view of China continues to be at or near an all-time high. In most of the places Pew surveyed, and in the three survey reports published in the past, few places have become more positive about China. Second is that, in many European countries, the proportion of people who have negative opinions on China is relatively low – this goes hand in hand with negative perceptions of China. Also, 79 percent of the respondents believe that China’s human rights policy is a serious problem, of which 47 percent believe that it is very serious. Around 72 percent are worried about China’s military power. At the same time, 66 percent and 59 percent are concerned about China’s economic competition and China’s involvement in their own politics, respectively.
Sources: Lianhe Zaobao, June 30, 2022
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