31 percent of Chinese have a favourable view of Pakistan: Pew
17 October, 2012
WASHINGTON: China has provided military and economic support to Pakistan, whose leaders have often hailed the relationship with Beijing at times of tension with the United States, a survey said on Tuesday.
But, the poll by the Pew Research Centre found that 31 percent of Chinese had a favourable view of Pakistan, only slightly better than their opinion of India. "Pakistani views of China actually tend to be quite positive, but Chinese views of Pakistan are not the same," said Richard Wike, associate director of the Pew Global Attitudes Project.
Moreover, only 23 percent of Chinese said they held a favourable view of India, with a sharp rise since 2010 in the percentage of Chinese who saw the fellow billion-plus nation as hostile.
The Chinese public, once upbeat about US President Barack Obama, increasingly sees a hostile relationship with Washington but mostly still admires American democracy. The poll also found the Chinese held even dimmer views of other nations, with small numbers in the rising Asian power voicing favourable views toward the EU, India, Pakistan and Iran.
Twenty-six percent of Chinese said US relations were hostile, a jump of 18 percentage points since 2010. Only 38 percent of Chinese said they had confidence in Obama.