Most Koreans, Japanese Worry About China's Military Buildup

      July 20, 2013 08:17

      More than 90 percent of Koreans and Japanese believe that China's military buildup will have adverse impact on their countries, a survey suggests.

      The Pew Research Center, a Washington think tank, polled 37,653 people in 39 countries in March and April asking, "Is China's growing military power a good or bad thing for our country?" Some 91 percent of Koreans and 96 percent of Japanese said a bad thing. Only six percent of Koreans and two percent of Japanese said it is a good thing.

      In the same poll in 2010, 86 percent of Koreans and 88 percent of Japanese gave the same answer.

      Asked what opinion they have of China, 46 percent of Koreans answered either very or somewhat favorable, while 50 percent replied somewhat or very unfavorable.

      But in Japan, only 5 percent said very or somewhat favorable while a whopping 93 percent picked somewhat or very unfavorable.

      The Pew Research Center attributed the results to heightened tensions between China and Japan over the recent years. Japanese take territorial disputes with China very seriously.

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