BEIJING – People around the world see China as “confident,” “belligerent” and “arrogant,” state-run media reported Tuesday in an unusually direct survey of attitudes toward the country.
Only 13 percent of respondents in the poll by the Global Times newspaper described China as “peaceful,” a sign that Beijing’s territorial disputes with its Asian neighbors have taken a toll on its image.
It also concluded that “the closer you are to China, the more likely you are to have a negative view of it.”
The Global Times tends to take a nationalistic stance and is close to the ruling Communist Party.
But in the survey of 14,400 people in 14 countries, 30.3 percent of respondents called China “confident” in international affairs, with 29.4 percent describing it as “belligerent,” while “complicated” was chosen by 28.1 percent.
“People also describe China with words such as ‘tough,’ ‘arrogant’ and ‘cooperative,’ ” the paper added, with each of them chosen by about 25 percent of respondents.
The report cited the limited international influence of Chinese media as one possible reason for negative perceptions of China abroad.
The survey was conducted last month in countries including the U.S., Russia, Japan, India, Vietnam, South Korea, South Africa, Britain, the Philippines and Brazil.