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Washington - Survey: 60% In US Hold Dim View Of China Amid Trade War

Published on: August 13, 2019 06:30 PM
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In this June 29, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, western Japan. Facing another U.S. tariff hike, Xi is getting tougher with Washington instead of backing down. Both sides have incentives to settle a trade war that is battering exporters on either side of the Pacific and threatening to tip the global economy into recession. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)In this June 29, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, western Japan. Facing another U.S. tariff hike, Xi is getting tougher with Washington instead of backing down. Both sides have incentives to settle a trade war that is battering exporters on either side of the Pacific and threatening to tip the global economy into recession. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Washington - Rising tensions over trade have dimmed Americans’ opinions of China.

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A new Pew Research Center poll finds that 60% say they have an unfavorable view of China — up from 47% last year to the highest proportion since Pew started asking the question 14 years ago.

The survey results being released Tuesday found that 24% of Americans regard China as America’s top threat for the future, the same percentage that said so of Russia. North Korea (12 was the only other country to draw double-digit concern.

The Trump administration and Beijing have been clashing for more than a year over allegations that China steals trade secrets, pressures foreign companies to hand over technology and unfairly subsidizes the country’s own companies.

President Donald Trump has imposed tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods and has said that on Sept. 1, he will tax the $300 billion in Chinese imports that he has so far spared. In retaliation, China has imposed tariffs on $110 billion in U.S. products.

Still, the poll finds that only 41% of Americans believe that China’s growing economy is a bad thing for the United States, compared with 50% who called it a good thing. Respondents were far more worried about China’s rising military power: 81% said it was bad, 11% good.

Half said they had no confidence in President Xi Jinping, the same as last year. In addition to being locked in a trade war with Trump, Xi has overseen a crackdown on dissent in China and a more combative foreign policy in East Asia.

Americans 50 and older were most likely to hold negative views of China (67%, compared with 58% of those ages 30-49 and 49% of those 18-29).

Likewise, 69% of Americans with a four-year college degree expressed disapproval of China, versus 57% of those who didn’t have a degree.

Pew surveyed 1,503 adults from May 13 to June 18.



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 Aug 13, 2019 at 06:46 PM Hoshomer Says:

Thank you president Trump for having the courage to tell the Truth about China.

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 Aug 13, 2019 at 09:45 PM Soybean farmer Says:

I hold a dim view of Dimwit Donald Trump who through his rash stupidity has put an end to Chinese imports of our farm products. No other nation could possibly make up for the lost Chinese purchases. This isn't reality TV , it's our reality with bankruptcy and forclosures on the horizon.
I see from your site that many of you don't realize how foolish Trumps thoughtless decisions are.

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 Aug 14, 2019 at 02:31 PM Anonymous Says:

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Soybean farmer Says:

I hold a dim view of Dimwit Donald Trump who through his rash stupidity has put an end to Chinese imports of our farm products. No other nation could possibly make up for the lost Chinese purchases. This isn't reality TV , it's our reality with bankruptcy and forclosures on the horizon.
I see from your site that many of you don't realize how foolish Trumps thoughtless decisions are.

Sir 5hisvis a trade war always in a war some people gonna lose and some gonna win ,i feel bad for farmers but China built their country on with our money and stolen technology from the companies finally someone has the guts and stand up to them and say enough is enough

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