Jakarta, CNN Indonesia –
The Pew Research Center survey revealed negative perceptions of China increased sharply in several developed democracies. The survey was released Tuesday (6/10).
The survey was conducted in 14 democratic countries with developed economies and was conducted from 10 June to 3 August on 14,276 adults.
The 14 countries surveyed were the US, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Great Britain, Australia, Japan and South Korea.
The survey was conducted when China was involved in various trade and diplomatic disputes with neighbors and other countries. Some indicators of increasing perspective are driven by a more aggressive diplomatic approach by the Bamboo Curtain Country.
Launch Associated Press, in Australia, 81% of respondents said they had an unfavorable view of China, according to the survey, up 24 percentage points from a year ago.
The increase is linked to high tensions in bilateral relations between the two countries after Australia led a call for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.
China responded to the call through trade, suspended Australian beef imports, imposed high tariffs on barley from the country and began anti-dumping investigations into Australian wine imports.
Apart from Australia, other countries also showed an increasing trend of negative perspectives towards China.
Those who have a negative perspective on China are Britain with a percentage of 74%, up 19 percentage points compared to last year; 71% in Germany, up 15 points; and 73% in the US, an increase of 13 points.
The margin of error for the survey ranged from 3.1 percentage points in South Korea to 4.2 percentage points in Belgium.
Most of the survey sample countries, those with higher income levels, have the same tendency as those with lower income levels regarding a negative perspective on China.
In nine countries surveyed – Spain, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, the US, UK, South Korea, Sweden and Australia – negative views have reached their highest level in 12 years.
China has faced harsh criticism for not being quick enough in its initial response and is said to be trying to cover up early reports of the virus.
United States President Donald Trump is one of the most vocal world figures blaming China for the spread of the virus. He continues to blame China for being incompetent, but on the other hand he is not serious about handling the pandemic in his own country.