Kabari99-Pew Research Center study shows negative views of China across the world, especially high-income countries.
China may be widely recognized as the world’s second-largest economy, but its international image as an economic powerhouse is faltering in high
and middle-income countries, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
The survey released on Thursday also found largely unfavorable opinions about China as a whole,
with an average of 67 percent of respondents expressing a negative view of Beijing compared to 28 percent sharing a positive view.
Pew surveyed more than 30,000 adults from 24 countries,
including the United States, Mexico, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Nigeria, Japan and India.
It found that negative perceptions of China were mostly concentrated from high-income countries, such as Australia, Sweden, South Korea and Japan.
It is also very high in the US, with 50 percent of respondents naming Beijing a major threat to Washington in open questions,
compared with 17 percent of respondents naming Moscow.
Respondents from countries such as Indonesia, Nigeria and Mexico expressed a much more positive opinion of China,
likely due to a variety of factors from its role in supplying 5G internet to middle-income countries
to large scale investments through projects such as the Belt infrastructure initiative and the massive Road.
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India is a notorious foreign country among middle-income nations as its relations with China
have faltered over a range of issues including a disputed 3,500 km (2,175 mi) border that stretches across the Himalayas.
The Pew survey found 67 per cent of Indian respondents had a negative view of Beijing despite the close economic ties between the two countries up from 46 per cent in 2019.
China is also now seen as a distant second to the US in terms of economic influence.
because it is ranked as the world’s top economic power by an average of 33 percent of respondents compared to 42 percent who voted for the United States.
Public perception has fallen particularly hard among Europeans, especially Germany,
the Netherlands, Poland, and Sweden, while America’s perception has also dimmed.
Thirty-eight percent of US respondents named China the world’s top economic power,
down from 43 percent in 2022, according to this year’s Pew survey.
One bright spot is China’s technology industry,
which was voted the best in the world by 19 percent of global respondents and above the average by 51 percent.
Much of the decline in overall perception may be related to the Chinese public’s struggle to recover from COVID-19,
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which brought it to its knees in 2020 and again in 2022 due to strict anti-pandemic restrictions.
Beijing’s efforts to revive the economy this year have stalled
during the global downturn while its promises to support the country’s
private sector have been met with skepticism by global investors.