The US and China’s resentment seems to have started seeping into common public perception.
Between October and November, even before the US presidential election was held, researchers surveyed 1,064 adults in China regarding their attitudes towards 14 developed countries.
Out of the list, the US appeared to be the most disliked one, with 77 per cent of respondents holding a “very unfavorable” or “somewhat unfavorable” view of the country.
However, the negative feelings weren’t one-sided.
An earlier survey conducted by the Pew Research Center between June and August found 73 per cent of American respondents held “very unfavorable” or “somewhat unfavorable” views of China.
The Pew researchers had surveyed over 14,000 adults across 14 countries, namely the US, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, Australia and South Korea.
The majority of the respondents in all the countries held negative attitudes toward Beijing.
Although western nations seemed to hold a negative view of China, Chinese public seemed to hold tempered attitudes towards them. Apart from the US and Japan, the other 12 developed countries on the list used for the survey in the Asian country were viewed by the Chinese public in a generally favourable light.
“We were somewhat surprised by the tiered responses. We did not have a clear expectation as to what the pattern would be like but had thought that the negativity would generally be high,” Dr Songying Fang, a political science professor at Rice University and one of the researchers for the survey, told VICE World News.
“But Australia, for example, fared better than we had expected given many troubles that the two countries are going through right now,” Fang said.
The relations between Australia-China have declined rapidly this year, from China’s imposition of tariffs on Australian exports to the detention and evacuation of Australian journalists in the country.