Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Poll: South Koreans’ anti-China sentiment hits historic high while anti-Japan sentiment declines

Recent polls show that South Koreans’ anti-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sentiment has reached historic highs, while their long-standing anti-Japan sentiment has declined. Opinion polls also support increased military and economic cooperation between South Korea and Japan.

South Korea’s global think tank, the East Asia Institute (EAI), and the Japanese non-profit think tank, Genron NPO, conducted a mutual perception survey with 1,000 citizens of South Korea and Japan each year since 2013. On September 28, 2021, the ninth year, the two organizations released a joint opinion poll, conducted from August to September 2021. The results showed that 73.8 percent of South Koreans had an unfavorable view of China (CCP). It was 59.4 per cent last year and 51.5 per cent a year ago. The proportion of people with a favorable view of the CCP is only 10.7 percent, the lowest since 2013.

When participants were asked about the reasons for their negative perception of the CCP, the top reason was “China’s coercive actions such as Thad retaliation,” accounting for 65.2 percent; This is followed by “China does not respect Korea,” accounting for 43.8 percent.

THAAD is a US-designed and manufactured anti-missile system installed in South Korea between 2016 and 2017 to defend against North Korea’s nuclear missile threats. However, the CCP has insisted that the deployment of THAAD affects China’s security and has since taken several countermeasures against South Korea.

The proportion of South Korean respondents viewing China (CCP) as a military threat rose to 17.5 percent this year, up from 44.3 percent last year to 61.8 percent.

Anti-Japan sentiment on the decline

At the same time, anti-Japan sentiment among South Koreans has decreased. South Koreans’ negative perception of Japan fell from 71.6 percent last year to 63.2 percent this year, and favoritism increased from 12.3 percent last year to 20.5 percent this year, nearly eight percentage points. an increase of nearly double.

In addition, the number of South Korean respondents who believed in “strengthening military cooperation between South Korea, the United States and Japan” increased from 53.6 percent last year to 64.2 percent this year. Increased economic cooperation between South Korea and Japan also increased to 43.2 percent from 34.3 percent last year. This year, 51.1 percent of South Koreans believe that South Korea should join the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) consisting of Japan, the United States, Australia and India.

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South Koreans also show concern about human rights issues in China. Sixty percent of South Koreans believe that strong measures should be taken against human rights violations by the CCP.

In mid-June, Korean weekly current affairs magazine “Sisa In” and pollster Hankook Research conducted an online survey on why and how much Koreans dislike China (CCP). The results show that Koreans generally have a negative view of the CCP on the left and right, breaking the old formula of “pro-China on the left, anti-China on the right”. In the survey, 58.1 percent of respondents think CCP is closer to “evil”, while only 4.5 percent think CCP is closer to “good”.

The percentage of those who thought negatively about the CCP is 75.9 percent, up from 71.9 percent of the previous negative vote reactions towards Japan.

Japan was the least favored country of South Koreans due to the Japanese occupation of Korea in the early 1900s. However, the results of this year’s survey tell a different story.

Furthermore, unfavorable views of China hover near historic highs in most of the 17 advanced economies surveyed, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, a US think tank, released on June 30. Of the 17 advanced economies surveyed, 69 percent of respondents had a negative view of the CCP. In North America, 76 percent and 73 percent of respondents in the United States and Canada, respectively, hold negative views about CCP.

The average rate of negative views of the CCP is 66 percent in Europe and 73 percent in the Asia-Pacific region; 88 percent in Japan, 80 percent in Sweden, 78 percent in Australia and 77 percent in South Korea.

The survey also shows that in the United States, 90 percent of respondents believe that Beijing does not respect individual liberties; 95 percent in Sweden, 92 percent in South Korea, 91 percent in Australia and the Netherlands, and 83 percent in Taiwan.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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