U.S., Japan Viewed as Enemies by a Third of Chinese, Poll Shows
More than a third of Chinese people view Japan and the U.S. as enemies, according to a survey that examines public sentiment in Asia’s fastest-growing economic and military power.
Thirty-eight percent of Chinese consider Japan to be an enemy compared with 34 percent who regard the U.S. that way, according to the 2008 Pew Global Attitudes Survey. About three quarters of those polled said Japan has not sufficiently apologized for military actions in the 1930s and 1940s.
The responses to the Pew study show lingering Chinese mistrust for economic and political competitors. Japan occupied China between 1931 and 1945. There are “significant tensions between China and other rival powers,” the report said.