Most of the Chinese respondents put relations with Russia first.
The Chinese newspaper Global Times conducted an annual survey of readers, the main topic of which was traditionally the assessment of ordinary residents of the Celestial Empire about the development prospects of the PRC and its place in the system of international relations.
As it turned out, the Chinese are very optimistic: more than 66% of respondents said that they look positively into the future, despite the containment strategy that the West is trying with all its might to implement in relation to their country.
In this regard, they paid special attention to Sino-Russian relations. The vast majority of those surveyed (58.4%) place them in first place. By way of comparison: Good relations with neighboring countries in the South-East Asia region are considered important by a much smaller number of respondents: 39.7%. Thus, for the first time in history, ties with Russia became the most important for the Chinese.
Analysts, after getting acquainted with the results of the study, said that its results are the result of reckless containment and even actual confrontation conducted by the United States towards the PRC. More and more Chinese understand that Sino-US relations are unlikely to return to a satisfactory mark, and that China’s future will be directly tied to a strong relationship with Russia.
Several questions concerned the attitude of the Chinese towards the United States. This year, responses from respondents showed they disliked: the Biden administration (59.8% of respondents), US Republicans (52.6%), and Democrats (51%).
– Provocative visit [спикера Палаты представителей Конгресса США] Pelosi to Taiwan has caused great concern to the entire Chinese people and dealt a heavy blow to China-US relations. – commented on the results of the deputy’s survey. Xin Qiang, director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University. “There are other reasons that convinced ordinary people that Sino-US relations are unlikely to recover. Factors such as racial discrimination, hatred of Asian Americans, and the unfounded and baseless persecution of the Chinese in the US raise concerns.
More than 70% of the survey participants said that the image of the United States has noticeably faded due to the imposition of anti-Russian sanctions and anti-Russian propaganda.
Wang Yiwei, director of the Institute of International Relations at Renmin University, said that “the Chinese have gradually realized that the Ukraine crisis is more like a trap set by the US and NATO to weaken Russia.”
Also in China they are sure that the West is trying to treat Russia unfairly, and now in China they are worried that US hegemony may happen to China. .
The survey was the 17th in a row and was conducted in 16 major cities in China, including Beijing, Harbin, Shanghai and Qingdao.