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Surveys reveal positive public attitudes (3)

By Cheng Guangjin and Chen Weihua (China Daily)

08:56, February 10, 2012

(China Daily Photo)

More than 90 percent of the Chinese public, regardless of their location, has believed for many years in a row that the Sino-US relationship is important, according to the survey.

In 2011, about half believed the relationship was "very" important, a 20 percent increase from a similar survey by Horizon in 2009.

Nearly 60 percent of Chinese respondents think the bilateral relationship will remain stable in general, and nearly one-fourth believe it will improve.

Yet Chinese citizens' favorability for the US declined in the past two years from the highest level reached between 2006 and 2009, according to Horizon's data in the last decade.

The survey shows "the hegemony by the US on other countries" has become a major factor that affects Chinese citizens' impression toward the US.

About 42 percent of Chinese respondents said the US war on terror, even after Osama bin Laden was killed in May 2011, made their impression of the US worse. That is an increase of nearly 8 percent from the result in 2007 in the midst of the war.

Around 63 percent of respondents said their impression of the US has worsened because of the US intervention in Libya and stance on Syria.

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