CHINA’S GLOBAL REPUTATION PLUNGES IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC
According to a new survey release by Pew Research, the global perceptions of China have turned increasingly negative in recent months with the majority of countries polled saying that Beijing has done a bad job of handling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trust in Chinese President Xi Jinping has also plunged over the past 12 months, with more than 77% of people surveyed in the United States saying they had no confidence in Xi to “do the right thing” in global affairs.
Non-partisan American “fact-tank” Pew Research surveyed 14,276 adults in 14 countries between June and August, primarily by telephone due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Among the countries surveyed were the US, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom.
“The major finding is that unfavorable views of China are rising precipitately and this is tied to the fact that China has not done a good job handling the coronavirus,” said Laura Silver, senior researcher at Pew and co-author of the report.