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24 per cent Chinese view India as an enemy: Poll

Source: PTI
July 27, 2008 15:20 IST
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The Chinese people are confident about their nation's place on the world stage, but a poll highlights "significant tensions" between China and other rival powers, including India with 24 per cent viewing New Delhi as an "enemy."

Overwhelmingly, the Chinese think their country is popular abroad with roughly three-in-four (77 per cent) believing people in other countries generally have favourable opinions of China.

However, the 2008 survey by the Pew Research Centre's Pew Global Attitudes Project highlights significant tensions between China and other rival powers.

Views about India are "mixed at best" with 25 per cent viewing India as a partner, while a similar number 24 per cent describe it as an enemy, it said.

Chinese view Japan with hostility. Views toward Japan are especially negative. Sixty-nine per cent have an unfavourable opinion of the country. Thirty-eight per cent of Chinese consider Japan an enemy.

Opinions of the United States also tend to be negative, and 34 per cent describe the US as an enemy, while just 13 per cent say it is a partner of China, the survey showed.

Most Chinese also recognise the growing impact their economy has on others around the world, and they believe it is a positive impact. Only three per cent of Chinese think their economy is hurting other countries.

As they eagerly await the August 8-24 Beijing Olympics, the Chinese people express extraordinary levels of satisfaction with the way things are going in their country and with their nation's economy.

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