Global opinion on China is mixed, with it leading in some categories, and falling behind in others.
Global opinion of China’s economic growth is mostly positive, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. The findings come from a survey of 38,426 people from across 34 countries.
In emerging markets, the economic growth of China was overwhelmingly considered a good thing. The sentiment soured a bit when the same question was posed to some of China's Asian neighbors. Opinions regarding Chinese investment were more sharply polarized. A large majority of people in African, Middle Eastern, and Latin American countries saw Chinese investment as a good thing. The majority in five Asian nations (Australia, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and India) said it was a "bad thing."
Many who responded positively about China’s economy didn’t feel the same way about its growing military.
Compared to the United States, the study found that China’s economic influence was roughly par with with the U.S., or slightly better. On the other hand, most countries named the U.S. as the world's leading economy and saw the U.S. as a more dependable ally than China.
Which country poses a bigger threat? The answered varied by region. Survey participants in Latin America, North Africa, and the Middle East said the U.S. was their top threat. Asia-Pacific countries were more likely to identify China as their biggest threat.
Most participants said China and the U.S. both had a "great deal or a fair amount of influence" on their countries "economic conditions." In rating that influence, more respondents said China's influence was "positive than say the same of the U.S."