Survey: most urban Chinese like Americans
Updated: 2006-03-18 17:15
Most urban Chinese like Americans and are at least quite satisfied with ties
between Beijing and Washington, but nearly half think the two could lock horns
over Taiwan, a survey by a state-run newspaper found Saturday.
Global Times newspaper said it randomly surveyed the opinions of 230 residents
in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Wuhan.
60 percent of those surveyed said they are "somewhat satisfied" with the
Sino-U.S. relationship, while 19.7 percent said they were "satisfied" and 0.7
percent responded that they were "very satisfied," the paper said.
Seventy-nine percent said they "liked" or "somewhat liked" Americans, it
said, but did not give a specific breakdown.
Sixty percent of
respondents think Taiwan will be the main issue affecting the bilateral
relationship in the future, it said, without revealing how the other 40 percent
Asked whether the two sides are likely to have a conflict
over the Taiwan issue in the future, 14.9 percent of respondents said "yes," and
45.4 percent said "maybe."
The results of the survey, taken at the
end of February, come ahead of a key trip by Chinese President Hu Jintao to
Washington in late April - his first since becoming president in 2003.
It was not clear whether the survey was carried out in person, on the
Internet or over the telephone. It was also not clear whether people were asked
to give their name or other personal information.