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Lianhe Zaobao: Negative Perceptions of China in Many Countries Remain High

Singapore’s primary Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao recently reported that, according to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, the 24 countries surveyed generally have negative views on China’s foreign policy and few countries believe China will do the right thing in international affairs.

Around 57 percent surveyed believe that China interferes in the affairs of other countries to a large or considerable extent. Nearly 70 percent of the respondents in the United States, Canada, Australia, Spain, Japan and South Korea believe that China interferes in the affairs of other countries. Among the 24 countries, the median negative perception of China is 67 percent; among them, 13 countries have a negative perception reaching historic highs, ranging from 34 to 87 percent.

The negative perception of China in developed countries has always been higher than that in middle-income countries. However, this year the negative opinion of major middle-income countries has also increased. Among middle-income countries, the negative opinion of China held in Argentina, Brazil and India reached record high levels ranging from 34 to 67 percent. Among high-income countries, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Australia have also reached record high negative opinions on China, ranging from 51 to 87 percent.

The survey asked Americans to list the countries that pose the greatest threat to the United States, and only three countries made the list, China (50 percent), Russia (17 percent) and North Korea (2 percent). The survey also showed that, in the United States, Canada, and most Western European and Asia-Pacific countries, about half of the people said they have no confidence in the Chinese government at all. In Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, however, the majority of respondents have confidence in the Chinese government.

Source: Lianhe Zaobao, July 28, 2023