A new survey claims that about 80% of Chinese respondents have a positive attitude towards Russia, but attitudes towards the United States have worsened.
A recent survey found that the majority of Chinese citizens have a favorable view of Russia, while most respondents view the United States as the least positive of the 25 countries listed.
The online survey was conducted by the Central European Institute of Asian Studies think tank in March, shortly after Russia began its military campaign in Ukraine, and was published earlier this week. The researchers interviewed more than 3,000 mainland Chinese residents to assess their perceptions of the world during the war, presenting a list of 25 countries that were asked to rank in their favor.
“This is a unique study that provides a broad and detailed insight into the attitude of the Chinese people at a crucial time in international relations, right after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.” Said Dr. Richard Q. Turcsanyi, who led the survey. “Our findings show that the Chinese public is not bothered by the Russian move and appears to be actually supporting Russia in the war.” He added.
Of the 25 countries that respondents were asked about, Russia was ranked as the most positive country, with the United States viewed the most negatively. Researchers found that about 80% of respondents had a positive attitude towards Russia, and about the same proportion said that their perceptions of the country had improved over the past three years.
Asked why their views on Russia have improved, many praised their leadership of the country. There were some general reactions “Trust Putin,” “Putin has the courage,” And “Strong leadership.” Many Chinese also say they have a feeling “Brotherly love” Between Russia and China, when some say they believe “The enemy of the enemy is our friend.”
Over the same three-year period, the United States’ attitudes toward China appear to have worsened significantly, with less than a third of respondents claiming to have a favorable view of the country. The United States has been ranked as the most negative country among the 25, with some participants saying that although they perceive the United States as a developed and powerful state, they feel it is hostile to China, distrustful and prone to interference in other countries.
Other countries favored by respondents included Pakistan, Singapore, North Korea and Germany. Meanwhile, countries like India, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea and Ukraine felt the most negative.
The report suggests that the Chinese people’s perceptions of foreign countries coincide with their perceptions of China. About 60% of participants said they believe that Americans generally have a negative view of China, while only 10% think that Russians have a negative attitude towards the Chinese people.
Researchers say the US outlook is generally negative for China, but there is still a long way to go before tensions escalate into the Cold War.
“Tight diplomatic relations have not significantly damaged the Chinese people’s appreciation for American culture, and a majority of Chinese still find the United States culturally attractive. We are not yet in a full-blown Cold War.” Tao Wang, a research associate at the Manchester China Institute and co-author of the report, said in a statement.
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