People around the globe are divided in their opinions of China

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People around the globe are divided in their opinions of China

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People around the globe are divided in their opinions of China
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Children at a primary school in Zaozhuang wave Chinese national flags in a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic. (CG/VCG via Getty Images)

International opinions of China dividedAs the People’s Republic of China celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding on Oct. 1, it gets mixed reviews from people around the world, according to Pew Research Center’s latest Global Attitudes Survey. A median of 41% across the 32 countries surveyed have a favorable opinion of China, compared with a median of 37% who have an unfavorable opinion.

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And, while majorities in most countries agree China’s influence on the world stage has grown markedly, this has not necessarily translated into favorable views of the country, according to the survey of 34,904 people conducted May 13 to Aug. 29, 2019.

Opinion of China across most of Western Europe is, on balance, negative. While 51% in Greece have a positive view of China, pluralities or majorities in Western European countries have an unfavorable view, ranging from 53% in Spain to 70% in Sweden. The share of people who evaluate China positively has also dropped since 2018 by double-digits in nearly half of the Western European countries surveyed, including Sweden (down 17 percentage points), the Netherlands (-11 points) and the UK (-11). Only in Greece and Italy has opinion improved.

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Compared with 2018, fewer in North America, parts of Western Europe and Asia-Pacific view China favorably

Central and Eastern Europeans are somewhat more divided in their assessments. More Bulgarians, Poles and Lithuanians have favorable than unfavorable views of China, and Hungarians are nearly evenly divided. Conversely, a plurality of Slovaks and a majority of Czechs have unfavorable views of China.
Negative views of China up sharply in Canada, U.S.

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Negative views of China predominate in both the United States and Canada, where 60% and 67% respectively see the country unfavorably. In both countries, this is the highest unfavorable opinion of China recorded in the Center’s polling history. (For more on U.S. opinion, see “U.S. Views of China Turn Sharply Negative Amid Trade Tensions.”) It also reflects the largest year-on-year change in either country. For example, in Canada, unfavorable opinion increased 22 points in the wake of the high-profile arrest of technology company Huawei’s chief financial officer and the ensuing Canadian-Chinese trade conflict.

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China also receives unfavorable marks from most of its neighbors in the Asia-Pacific region. In Japan, 85% say they have an unfavorable opinion of China – the most negative among all countries surveyed. More than half in South Korea (63%), Australia (57%) and the Philippines (54%) share this sentiment. Opinion of China has also fallen across the region over the course of Pew Research Center’s polling and is now hovering at or near historic lows in each of the countries surveyed. In Indonesia, the change over the past year has been particularly stark, falling 17 percentage points.
Positive evaluations of China on the decline in the Asia-Pacific

Russians stand out for having the most positive view of China across all countries surveyed (71% favorable). A majority in Ukraine, too, share these views (57%).
Globally, younger adults more positive on China

Majorities or pluralities in each of the Middle Eastern, Latin American and sub-Saharan African countries surveyed have a favorable view of China – ranging from a low of 46% in South Africa to a high of 70% in Nigeria.

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Younger people tend to have a more positive stance on China across most of the countries surveyed. In 20 countries, adults ages 18 to 29 have more favorable views than those ages 50 and older. In Brazil, for example, two-thirds (67%) of younger adults have a favorable view of China, while just 40% of older adults share that opinion. Large age gaps also exist in Lithuania (where younger adults’ views are 25 points more favorable), Mexico (+23 points), Indonesia (+21), Australia (+21), Poland (+21) and Ukraine (+20).

However, in many countries, those 50 and older are also less likely to offer any opinion of China. About a third or more of older adults in Indonesia, Ukraine, Argentina, Mexico, Tunisia and Brazil give no opinion when it comes to China.
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Probably quite mixed... if the west put a little more and just a modest amount of effort into investing in Cambodia, rather than giving them fewer options than to make a Faustian pact with China, I'm sure the locals would be very appreciative. The trouble with having a strict human rights policy is that you abandon the population of resource-rich developing countries to the vicissitudes of the Chinese BRI iniative, and I'm not sure it's in the interests of the west to pull back from the world like that.
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I wonder if this is partially down to politically correct types of modern education, given the rough split in ages mentioned in the sub and over 50yrs age groups.

In one part of the world-
Don’t do or say anything that might offend anyone else. Therefore couch everything in tender and dreamy terms.

In another part of the world-
Desperately and increasingly fight from under the yoke of a system that was overnight imposed upon them due to expiration of leases, etc

Yet other parts of the globe-
Take advantage of the tender dreamy type of education.
Where massive financial resources, bribes, dictatorships, stamping down on alternative thoughts, infrastructure ‘assistance’, and insidious processes of colonising other countries with some of their less desirable elements, leads to peoples totally uneducated in what certain nations might be upto.


Almost has an echo of the domino effect that mired the world stage for so many decades.
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taabarang wrote: Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:04 pm It would have been interesting to know what Khmer think of China.
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