Anti-China sentiments rise in many countries: Pew Research
China is today no more looked at favourably by people across the world
Anti-China sentiments have soared alarmingly high in the wake of its trade and territorial disputes with neighbours and other countries and also on account of its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, a survey conducted by Pew Research Centre said.
According to the US-based organization, the negative perception of China and its leadership has increased in recent times in the advanced economies of the world. People in countries like Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United States, South Korea, Spain and Canada have shown a huge dislike for China.
Taking into consideration around 14,276 adults across these countries, the survey was conducted telephonically between June 10 and August 3. In the US, around 73 percent of people have unfavourable views of China while 77 percent of people have negative views of Chinese President Xi Jinping, which is 27 percent higher than 2019.
Similarly, in Canada 73 percent people said they had unfavourable views of China and 74 per cent people had unfavourable views of Xi Jinping, 14 percent higher than the previous year.
In Australia, unfavourable views of China prevail in 81 percent of people and 79 percent people have negative views of President Xi. This is 25 percent higher than 2019.
The negative opinion of both China and its leadership has risen in European Countries as well. In Italy, now 75 percent of people have negative views of Xi Jinping than 54 percent of the previous year while 62 percent of people have an overall negative opinion of China.
In the UK, 74 percent people said that they have negative views of China while 76 percent people, 16 percent higher than 2019, said they have unfavourable views of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The situation is similar in the Netherlands as 70 percent people dislike Xi Jinping and around 73 percent people have negative views of China. In Spain also, around 63 per cent people said they have unfavourable views of China while 75 percent people had unfavourable views of Xi Jinping.
In France and Germany around 60 per cent and 71 per cent people respectively had unfavourable views of China while 80 percent and 78 percent people respectively had negative views of Xi Jinping. In Belgium also, 73 percent of people disapproved of Xi Jinping while 71 percent people had overall unfavourable views of China.
In Scandinavian region as well, the situation is quite similar. In Sweden, 85 percent people had unfavourable views of China while 82 percent people had unfavourable views of Xi Jinping. In Denmark, 75 percent people disliked China while 82 percent people disliked Xi Jinping.
The most unfavourable views came from Asia where people of Japan and South Korea were surveyed. In Japan, around 86 per cent people showed unfavourable views of China while 84 percent people disliked Xi Jinping.
Similarly, in South Korea, 83 percent people have unfavourable views of Xi Jinping and 75 percent of people have unfavourable views of China.
The survey said that the people showed the unfavourable sentiments owing to its trade and diplomatic disputes with its neighbour and other countries