Journal : Global Times (Chinese) Date : Author : Special correspondent Xie Jian Page No. : NA
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“I suggest that the Huanqiu Shibao also conduct a poll to ask the Chinese people what they think of the United States. Is it what the U.S. itself says it is, or has it actually become the biggest destabilizer, or even disruptor, of global peace and security”.

When the U.S. State Department tweeted on the 3rd that “China’s Communist Party undermines the international rule of law”, with a link to the webpage “China’s Communist Party: A Threat to Global Peace and Security,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, replied so in reply to a question by the Huanqiu Shibao reporter on the 4th.

Hua Chunying said at a regular press conference that apparently some people on the U.S. side are still keen to play the trick of “a lie repeated a thousand times can become the truth”, but “a lie is a lie after all, and a lie repeated a thousand times, ten thousand times is still a lie”. She stressed that it has been proven time and again that the United States is the biggest destabilizing factor threatening global peace and security. Many reports say that polls in more than a dozen countries, including Germany, Japan and South Korea, show that half or more of the respondents believe that the United States poses a major security threat. There are also some American  media, experts and scholars who have publicly stated that it is the United States itself that poses the greatest threat geopolitically.

In fact, the poll mentioned by Hua Chunying has been done several times by the Global Opinion Center under the Huanqiu Shibao. According to 16,000 questionnaires collected by the Global Opinion Center in 16 countries in early December 2020, nearly 60 percent of respondents believe that the international image of the United States has “deteriorated,” up from 55.5 percent in 2019. The figure was 80% among Chinese respondents, who believed that the international image of the US had deteriorated — the highest among the countries surveyed. Respondents in many countries feel dissatisfied and helpless with the global hegemonism displayed by the United States. Among the Chinese respondents, the proportion of those “angry” was the highest, while in case of South Korean respondents, it was the proportion of those who “complained” that was the highest. Some experts say that the Trump administration has been very aggressive during its four-year tenure, at the expense of many countries, including allies, in order to achieve its governing goals. This has caused the United States to have a poor global reputation and image.

In the “China sees the world” survey conducted by the Global Public Opinion Center at the end of December last year, 47.5% of the respondents believed that “China-US relations” are the “bilateral relations with the greatest impact on China”, ranking first among all options. The data further showed that the proportion of respondents who chose to hate the “Trump Administration”, “U.S. Army” and “U.S. Media” was 65.6%, 53.2% and 46.9%  respectively, which is much higher than the proportion of respondents who liked them. For “American film and television works”, “American electronic products”, “American sports leagues” and “American universities/research institutions”, far more people choose to like than to hate. Some scholars believe that this shows that the Chinese (people’s) view of the United States is objective and pragmatic. Although they are very dissatisfied with the US government’s unilateral damage to bilateral relations, their good impression of American society and culture has not been greatly affected by the irresponsible actions of American politicians

 

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