Most Americans, Japanese Don't Trust China

Most Japanese and Americans have little or no confidence in China, a survey shows. The Gallup poll published Wednesday by the Yomiuri Shimbun was conducted among 1022 Japanese and 1002 Americans and showed that 87 percent of Japanese and 65 percent of Americans do not trust China.

Asked how North Korea can be made to give up its nuclear program, 65 percent of Japanese respondents cited pressure such as economic sanctions, compared to 69 percent in the U.S. The proportion of those who said the issue should be resolved through dialogue stood at 23 percent in Japan and 25 percent in the U.S.

The poll found that Japanese people feel relations between Japan and the U.S. have been worsening due to the planned relocation of U.S. base in Okinawa. Some 40 percent of Japanese respondents said bilateral relations deteriorated, up from 26 percent last year. In contrast, the proportion of those who thought the two countries are on good terms fell from 48 percent last year to 33 percent this year.

Asked about the reasons, 79 percent of Japanese cited complications caused by the relocation plan. Japanese people felt most threatened by North Korea (85 percent), China (79 percent) and Russia (59 percent), while Americans considered North Korea (79 percent), the Middle East (76 percent) and China (58 percent) the biggest threat to security.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 23, 2010 10:55 KST