With the approach of the Beijing Olympics, the world is eyeing China with concern about its policies and their impact beyond Chinese borders, the Pew Global Attitudes Project has found.
People outside China worry about its growing military power, its influence on affairs in their countries and its role as an environmental offender, the survey shows. Beijing is widely viewed as ignoring the interests of other countries and lacking respect for human rights. But its growing economic power is viewed positively in certain swaths of the world.
On one thing, international opinion agrees: “China’s emergence as a world power is clearly reflected in public opinion in all major regions of the world,” Pew wrote of the poll, which surveyed more than 24,000 people in 24 countries in March and April.