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Only 14% of Canadians have a positive view of China

Only 14% of Canadians have a positive view of China



The latest survey by the Angus Reid Institute, a polling agency, shows that the proportion of Canadians who have a positive view of China is at a record low.

The survey, released Wednesday (May 13), asked Canadians what they think of 12 countries with important ties to Canada. Only 14% of the 1518 respondents had a positive view of China, compared with 29% 6 months ago.
The new crown epidemic continues to spread. The cumulative number of confirmed cases worldwide has exceeded 4.33 million cases, and the outside world has accused China of concealing the epidemic information. The Angus Reed Institute also found that 85% of the respondents believed that the Chinese government was not honest about the new crown epidemic report.

Since China arrested Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor and commuted him to death in the case of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg's alleged drug trafficking, Canadians' favorability with China has been straight decline.

The survey also revealed that only 11% believe that Canada should focus its trade on China, down from 40% in 2015. About 76% said that when dealing with China, human rights and the rule of law should be placed above economic opportunities.

In addition, 88% of respondents believe that "China is untrustworthy in terms of human rights and the rule of law."

On the issue of 5G, 78% of the Canadian public interviewed opposed Huawei ’s participation in the construction of 5G networks in their country. This proportion increased by 9 percentage points from the end of last year.

Respondents opposed Huawei's participation in 5G construction mainly for security reasons. Senior Canadian military officials have also said that if Huawei is allowed to participate in construction, it will pose a threat to national security.

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