Recent surveys show that South Koreans’ anti-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sentiment has reached historic highs and their long-standing anti-Japan sentiment has waned. Increased military and economic cooperation between South Korea and Japan is also favorable in opinion polls.
The South Korean Global Think Tank, the East Asia Institute (EAI), and the Japanese nonprofit think tank, Genron NPO, have been conducting mutual understanding surveys with 1,000 citizens of South Korea and Japan each year since 2013. On September 28, 2021, in the ninth year, the two organizations published a joint public opinion survey conducted from August to September 2021. The results show that Kore..8 percent of South Koreans have a negative view of China (CCP). It was 59.4 percent last year and 51.5 percent the previous year. The proportion of people with CCP favors is only 10.7 percent, the lowest since 201.
When participants were asked about the reasons for the negative perception of the CCP, the main reason was “China’s coercive measures such as ThaAAD retaliation,” which accounted for 65.2 percent; After that, “China does not respect Korea,” 43.8 percent.
THAAD is a US-designed and built anti-missile system that was deployed in South Korea between 2016 and 2017 to protect against the threat of a North Korean nuclear missile. However, the CCP insisted that the deployment of THAAD affected China’s security and has since taken a series of counter-measures against South Korea.
The proportion of South Korean respondents who see China (CCP) as a military threat increased from .3.3 percent last year to .81 this year. percent percent, increased to 1.5.5 percent.
Anti-Japanese attitude against the fall
At the same time, anti-Japanese sentiment among South Koreans has waned. Negative perceptions of South Koreans about Japan have dropped from 71.6 percent last year to 63.2 percent this year, and favors have increased from 12.3 percent last year to 20.5 percent this year, an increase of about eight percentage points, almost double.
Also, the number of South Korean respondents who believe in “strengthening military cooperation between South Korea, the United States and Japan” has risen from 53.6 percent last year to 64.2 percent this year. Increased economic cooperation between South Korea and Japan also increased from 34.3 percent last year to 43.2 percent. This year, 51.1 percent of South Koreans believe that South Korea should join the Quartet Security Dialogue (QUAD), which includes Japan, the United States, Australia and India.
South Koreans express concern over human rights issues in China. Six1 percent of South Koreans believe the CCP should crack down on human rights abuses.
In mid-June, the Korean weekly Current Affairs magazine “Sisa In” and Polster Hancock Research conducted an online survey on why 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 close to “bad”, while only 4.5 percent think CCP is close to “good”.
The percentage of those who think negatively about the CCP is .95.9%, which is higher than the previous negative vote response to Japan at .91.9%.
Japan was South Korea’s least preferred country due to its occupation of Korea in the early 1900s. However, this year’s survey results show a different story.
In addition, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, a U.S. think tank, published June 30, China’s unfavorable views among most of the 17 developed economies surveyed are close to historic highs. Of the 17 developed economies surveyed, 69% of respondents had a negative view of CCP. In North America, the United States and Canada, one percent and one percent of respondents have negative opinions about CCP, respectively.
The average rate of negative outlook for CCP in Europe is 66 percent and in the Asia-Pacific region is 73 percent; 88 percent in Japan, 80 percent in Sweden, 78 percent in Australia and 77 percent in South Korea.
The survey further shows that in the United States, percent0 percent of respondents believe that Beijing does not respect individual freedoms; 95 percent in Sweden, 92 percent in South Korea, 91 percent in Australia and the Netherlands, and 83 percent in Taiwan.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times