According to a global survey, negative perceptions of China have reached a record high in the US and other major economies. Pew Research Center.
The survey found that the majority of respondents in the 14 surveyed countries held unfavorable opinions of China. Negative opinion reached its highest point since its negative views on the subject more than a decade ago – in nine countries, including the US, Germany, Britain, South Korea, Australia and Canada.
“China’s view has become more negative in recent years in many advanced economies, and unfavorable opinions have increased over the past year,” some said In the report published on Tuesday.
Beijing’s deteriorating global views have led national leaders to criticize China’s handling of the Kovid-19 epidemic, as well as the country’s human rights record and its rapidly growing stance in international affairs. China has emerged as an issue in the US presidential election, with President Donald Trump making statements against his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. China’s policies in Xinjiang and its far-flung region of Hong Kong have also drawn criticism overseas.China’s negative views led to the biggest increase in Australia amid growing tensions between the two governments, with 81% now unfavorably looking at the Asian superpower, an increase of 24 percentage points from last year. In the UK, 74% now view China negatively, up to 19 points. In the US, negative thoughts have increased by 13 points since last year. In Sweden, negative views of China reached 85% and in Japan the figure was 86%.
The results face difficulty in winning over global opinion, even though it has distributed aid to other countries and pledged to provide any potential Chinese Kovid-19 vaccine to the world. In the 14 countries polled, an intermediary of 61% stated that China had done a bad job of handling the virus. Only the US performed worse, with a median of 84% stating that it controlled bad outbreaks.
The survey also shows that Xi’s perceptions are contributing to China’s declining reputation. With the exceptions of Japan and Spain, Xi’s negative views reached an all-time high in countries where previous data were available. An arbitrator of just 19% of respondents said they trusted Xi to do the right thing in global affairs, a figure above Trump’s 17% on the same measure.
The poll was conducted by telephone interview Gallop and Abt Associates of 14 countries with varying margins of error.