Everybody except Labor dislikes China

Via Pew:

Across advanced economies in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region, few people think the Chinese government respects the personal freedoms of its people. In 15 of the 17 publics surveyed by Pew Research Center, eight-in-ten or more hold this view. This sense is also at or near historic highs in nearly every place surveyed, having risen significantly in countries like Italy, South Korea, Greece, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom since 2018.

Growing shares say China does not respect its people’s personal freedoms

In the United States – where trend data is not available on this question – 90% say Beijing does not respect individual liberties, including 93% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents and 87% of Democrats and Democratic leaners.

Large majorities in most places have negative opinions of China

Coupled with this, unfavorable views of China are also at or near historic highs. Large majorities in most of the advanced economies surveyed have broadly negative views of China, including around three-quarters or more who say this in Japan, Sweden, Australia, South Korea and the U.S. However, unfavorable views have remained largely unchanged since 2020, as much of the negative increase in countries such as AustraliaSwedenthe UK and Canada came last year in the wake of various bilateral tensions as well as a widespread sense that China handled the COVID-19 pandemic poorly. To the degree that views have shifted at all, unfavorable views have decreased somewhat in the UK (down 11 percentage points).

Although negative views of China remain widespread, in many advanced economies, assessments of China’s handling of COVID-19 have improved precipitously. Today, a median of 49% say China has done a good job dealing with the global pandemic, compared with a median of 43% who say it has done poorly. In each of the 12 countries surveyed in both summer 2020 and 2021, the share approving of China’s response has increased significantly, and, in places like Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands, it has gone up by at least 15 percentage points (U.S. 2020 data is omitted due to a survey mode change). And, as was the case last summer, more say China is handling the pandemic well than say the same of the U.S. Only in Japan do more compliment the U.S.’s approach to the pandemic than China’s (in the U.S., evaluations of the two countries are about equal).

More now say China is handling COVID-19 well than said the same in summer 2020

There is widespread preference for stronger economic ties with the U.S. over China. In most advanced economies surveyed, a majority – and often a wide majority – say it is more important for these economies to have strong economic ties with the U.S. than with China. In nations where this question has been asked more than once – Australia, Canada, Japan and South Korea – the importance placed on ties with the U.S. has also grown substantially in recent years. Only in Singapore and New Zealand do about as many or more say relations with China are as important for their country as with the U.S.

Growing shares choose economic ties with U.S. over ties with China

These are among the findings of a new Pew Research Center survey, conducted from Feb. 1 to May 26, 2021, among 18,850 adults in 17 advanced economies. Other key findings include:

  • Few have confidence in Chinese President Xi Jinping to do the right thing in world affairs. These negative evaluations of him are at or near historic highs in most places surveyed.
  • Across the Asia-Pacific region, opinions are mixed about whether it is more important to try to promote human rights in China, even if it harms economic relations with China, or whether it’s more important to prioritize strengthening economic relations with China, even if it means not addressing human rights issues. While a majority in New Zealand (80%), Australia (78%) and Japan (54%) prioritize promoting human rights, as well as a plurality in Taiwan (45%), majorities in South Korea and Singapore prioritize strengthening economic relations. Those who prioritize economic relations with the U.S. over China tend to be much more likely to support promoting human rights.
  • Europeans approve of China’s handling of COVID-19 much more than those in the Asia-Pacific. Europeans also overwhelmingly consider strong economic ties with the U.S. as more important than strong ties with China, while Asian-Pacific publics are more divided.
  • In both Taiwan and Singapore, ethnic and national identity plays a role in attitudes. In Taiwan, those who identify as Chinese and Taiwanese (rather than as only Taiwanese) tend to prioritize economic relations with China over the U.S. and to have more favorable views of the superpower, among other differences. In Singapore, similar differences emerge between ethnic Chinese and ethnic Malay or Indians.
  • Older adults are often more critical of China than younger ones – whether it comes to favorability of China, assessments of President Xi, evaluations of how well China has handled the COVID-19 pandemic or opinions about whether China respects the personal freedoms of its people. Older adults also tend to prefer economic ties with the U.S. over China more than younger adults. Patterns are sometimes reversed in South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore, however, with older adults offering more positive evaluations of China on some questions.

How corrupt must your worldview be to miss this reality?

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  1. Fishing72MEMBER

    Huh? The ALP perspective on China isn’t the result of corruption. It’s the result of virtue and an overarching respect for diversity. It puts the bigness of their character on full display. For the ALP to see the CCP as autocratic or unappealing in any fashion would be the result of racism, not integrity.

    As illustrated by the graphs above, it’s the average 87 percent of the population of every other nation in the world-including Australia- who is in possession of the incorrect worldview, not the ALP. The ALP has descended from the mount to heal the people of their wicked ways. We should be grateful.

    • Absolute BeachMEMBER

      Rofl. Clearly many people world-wide need to get re-educated. Chyna will need more facilities- we will sell more rebar!
      Oops. I mis-typed. We don’t value add. We just sell dirt.

  2. SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

    LOL read this … at least he didn’t accidentily suddenly slip back first onto a hovering kitchen knife 5 times in quick succession

    Last week, a 15-minute ode to the CCP titled “100%” caused controversy after the producers claimed it was a collaboration between 100 Chinese rappers.

    One of the artists named, Ice Paper, claimed on social media that he had nothing to do with the project, and ridiculed the track, which was made by an independent Chinese hip-hop label.

    He warned his fans not to be fooled, saying: “There is no such a song.”

    However, Ice Paper quickly walked back the criticism, apologising and claiming he “forgot” that he had worked on the track.

    “It is real. The track’s production took over 1,000 days. I forgot I was in it. Let’s look forward to it,” he wrote in a follow-up post.

    Both the original post and the apology were later deleted.


    • Ice, Ice, Paper.
      Sounds like a narcotic product not a rad 80s/90s white-boy rapper.

      Gotta love the CCP, they sure pull some hilarious hijinx.

        • 20 sec., dog awe full, but I don’t like rap anyway, but but that 20 sec was not really rap imo, more like guff from boy bands for squealing schoolgirls.

    • blacktwin997MEMBER

      poor old rIce Paper, yes let’s hope he doesn’t suffer an unexpected suicide

  3. So for the next election we have to decide whether we want corrupt or treacherous.

    God help us.

    • Soooo…the way I am thinking is Labor + ICAC and ClimateChange action are *the* issues.
      If Labor takes the p!ss on CCP – waves at Sammy D – ICAC will be there, innit?
      Plus it might be fun to see Shotgun Bridge, Bloviating Beetroot Barnaby etc referred to ICAC, innit?
      Besides, if Labor cosy up to the CCP, they can be kicked out next time.
      We can always rely on the CIA to get involved and depose the Laborist Party anyway, amirite?

      For me, at present, Labor is a less bad choice.

      Principles, not fears.

      • kierans777MEMBER

        We can always rely on the CIA to get involved and depose the Laborist Party anyway, amirite?

        They’ve done it once before.

      • Hmm. Maybe. Might come down to where we end up on immigration.

        Also, I am probably less confident than you that the ALP won’t get cold feet on a Federal ICAC once they actually get into power.

        • Well, quite. But imagine the mileage. They will be referring LNP schemes, dreams and those bloody National mung beans till the cows come home. Car Pork, water, sports rorts, on it goes. They could lay waste to a generation of the opposite side.

          • Fair point. Some revenge for the Pink Batts and Unions Royal Commission I guess.

            But I reckon and Federal ICAC would only have the power to look at activity after its formation – there will be too many politicians in Parliament on all sides with a vested interest in ensuring no retrospectivity.

        • possibly cos Labor / CCP backhanders, aldi shopping bags and an ICAC are incompatible. ICAC to go, as instructed, or be very watery at best

  4. reusachtigeMEMBER

    Yeah Labor needs to be banned because of their love for the communist one party system. We only need the Liberal Nationalists to run in Australia as they will always protect our democracy!!

  5. Labor is ahead of the game.
    Happy Birthday CPC. In spite of the world you have done well – very well.

    • Absolute BeachMEMBER

      Yes. They have fooled the world into buying stuff that lasts 60 seconds longer than the warranty period. Winning!