Recently, several renowned polling agencies and media outlets including Gallup, BBC and Edelman published survey reports on the international image and influence of countries. In the unnamed "voting evaluation" involving people across the world, China received "high scores" and led the world in aspects such as goodwill, leadership, and credibility.
More than half of US citizens have a good impression of China
One of the highlights of the survey is that European and American people have a good impression of China. .
On Feburary 28, a latest Gallup survey revealed that 53% of US citizens hold a positive view on China, reflecting American citizen’s increasing recognition of China’s peaceful development.
China’s image in the eyes of Latin American and African countries has improved. Latinobarómetro, a Latin American survey agency on public opinion, said at the end of 2017 the reputation of China among Latin Americans rose by 3% to 60%. China is also closing in on the United States and European Union in reputation among people of over 18 Latin American countries.
American scholar Bruno Binetti pointed out that China’s foreign policy is open and confident, and its strong economic growth has provided impetus for recovery to the world economy. For Latin American countries with sluggish economic growth for many years, China’s stable demand for their commodities is crucial for boosting Latin American economy.
Recognition of China’s leadership at new high
On January 18, a Gallup survey report said, 31% people in 134 countries and regions recognized China’s leadership. This is the second time that China beat the United States in its global recognition of leadership since 2008. China ranks second only to Germany, its best record in 10 years.
Taylor, a professor of political science at the University of St. Thomas, pointed out that the development of the Chinese economy over the past few decades has given the world a successful development model different from that of the West. China has become a role model for developing countries.
“The latest Gallup survey statistics shows that China’s leadership is more popular. This displays that China’s initiative is more in line with the trend and conforms to the will of the people,” said Angus Deaton, a Nobel Prize winner in economics.
(Compiled by Liu Xiaochi)