February 12, 2007

Hostility Among Asian Neighbors

71%

As the Chinese New Year approaches, China and its longtime rival Japan are in no mood to celebrate together. A Pew Global Attitudes survey found that 71% of Japanese express an unfavorable view of China and an equal number of Chinese dislike Japan.

As the Chinese New Year approaches, China and its longtime rival Japan are in no mood to celebrate together — a Pew Global Attitudes survey last year found that 71% of Japanese express an unfavorable view of China and an equal number of Chinese dislike Japan. The survey found that both publics consider the other competitive, as well as greedy and arrogant; neither sees the other as honest or generous. Anxiety about the growing strength of China’s military is nearly universal in Japan. That concern is shared with others among China’s neighbors — large majorities in both Russia and India see this as a threatening trend. The Chinese, however, have a very different view: 95% say their rising military might is a good thing. Read More