Chinese Prefer U.S. to S.Korea

      October 22, 2009 09:42

      Chinese people seem to regard South Korea as a strong, clean, bright and helpful country, but feel less friendly toward it than the U.S. or Russia.

      This is suggested by a report published by Grand National Party lawmaker Gu Sang-chan of the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification Committee. The report was based on a recent survey among 1,322 Beijing and Shanghai residents.

      Some 28 percent of respondents said North Korea was the country they feel most friendly toward. Next were Russia (25 percent), the U.S. (22 percent), and South Korea (10.3 percent).

      Some 57 percent of respondents were against North Korea's nuclear weapons, while 38 percent either approved or said they did not care. Some 44 percent considered the South Korea-U.S. alliance "dangerous," while 33 percent did not. A whopping 70 percent approved of a South Korea-China free trade agreement.

      Asked what words came to mind when they thought of South Korea, the Korean pop culture wave, or South Korean goods, 92 percent said "clean,” followed by 83 percent for "superior," 77 percent for "bright," 76 percent for "strong," 71 percent for "quality goods" and 65 percent for "honest."

      But opinions were evenly split over whether South Koreans are arrogant (51 percent) or modest or humble (49 percent). A whopping 91 percent said they believed South Korean enterprises are helpful to China, but only 55 percent said they want to work for them.

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