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Negative views of China in Western countries are at record-high levels

por Lucienne Gaudet (2020-10-23)


Negative perceptions of China have increased sharply among people in several Western countries - especially the UK and Australia - following the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new survey.

The poll, conducted by the US-based Pew Research Centre in 14 democratic countries with advanced economies, showed a majority of people had an unfavourable view of China. 

In Australia, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, 1z0-061 Dumps the United States, South Korea, Spain and Canada, negative views reached their highest points since Pew began polling on the topic more than a decade ago.

Negative perceptions of China have increased sharply among people in several Western countries - especially the UK and Australia - following the coronavirus outbreak, a survey says

The poll, conducted by the US-based Pew Research Centre in 14 democratic countries with advanced economies, showed a majority of people had an unfavourable view of China

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The findings come against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, which began in China late last year and has infected over 35million people worldwide.

They also come as US President Donald Trump's bid for re-election on November 3, a campaign in which China has been a major foreign policy issue.

The It comes with China engaged in multiple trade and diplomatic disputes with its neighbours and other countries, driven in part by a more aggressive diplomatic approach.

In Britain, those with an unfavourable view towards China hit 74 per cent, a rise of 19 percentage points compared to last year. The findings come against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, which began in China late last year and has infected over 35 million people worldwide. The file photo shows Chinese President Xi Jinping at a banquet on September 30 celebrating the country's National Day The study was conducted among 14,276 adults across the 14 countries via telephone from June 10 to August 3 following China's coronavirus outbreak. In this file photo, a medic is treating a coronavirus patient at the Union Hospital affiliated to Wuhan Tongji Medical College The poll, conducted by the US-based Pew Research Centre in 14 democratic countries with advanced economies, showed a majority of people had an unfavourable view of China. The file photo shows a child holding a national flag at the Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1In Australia, 81 per cent of those surveyed reported an unfavourable view, a rise of 24 percentage points, while the figure rose 15 points in Germany to reach 71 per cent, and 13 points in the US to hit 73 per cent.Australia's rise corresponds with higher tensions in the bilateral relationship after Canberra led the call for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.China responded on the trade front, suspending imports of Australian beef, putting high tariffs on barley from the country and starting an anti-dumping probe into imports of Australian wine.The 14 countries surveyed were the US, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Australia, Japan and South Korea. The margin of error for the survey ranged from 3.1 percentage points in South Korea to 4.2 percentage points in Belgium.In most countries surveyed, those with higher incomes were equally likely as those with lower incomes to hold negative views. One of the most important factors with regard to China's reputation abroad has been the coronavirus. This file photo shows people waiting to be treated at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital on January 24 at the peak of the coronavirus outbreak in the central Chinese city