More Russians believe China is a friendly country: poll
Updated: 2015-05-08 21:32
By Ren Qi (chinadaily.com.cn)Comments Print Mail Large Medium Small
Sociological fund Public Opinion set up a survey from April 25 to 26 to learn what Russians think about a stronger China. The result was released on May 6. It turns out that 77 percent of Russian people surveyed believe China is a friendly country to Russia.
China and Russia are important trade and economic partners. According to Li Hui, Chinese ambassador to Russia, China has been Russia's largest trade partner for five years in a row, with mutual trade increasing 6.8 percent to $95.3 billion last year.
This year, thanks to the Silk Road Economic Belt, the opening of a west-east natural gas pipeline and cooperation on the construction of major infrastructure facilities, Sino-Russian trade volume is expected to exceed $100 billion this year.
As Li said in an interview, today more Russian people treat China as friend. According to survey results in the past decade, the number of people who considered China a friendly country made jumped. In 2006, only 48 percent of Russian people surveyed thought so.
According to the poll, 54 percent of the respondents think the rise of China does not threaten the interests of Russia. Comparing the level and pace of development of the two countries, 70 percent of the poll participants said they think that China is more successful.
Twenty-nine percent of Russians think there is not enough news about China in the media. And 32 percent insist that it is more important for Russia to strengthen economic and political relations with China than establishing relations with the West.