Americans See China as a Major Threat


FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019 file photo, Chinese staffers adjust the U.S. and Chinese flags before the opening session of trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. New polling from the Pew Research Center shows strong negative attitudes among Americans toward China, with almost nine out of 10 adults seeing the country as hostile or a danger to U.S. interests. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
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(AURN News) — New data released by the Pew Research Center highlights a prevailing sense of distrust among Americans towards China, positioning the nation as a significant concern on the international stage. The survey, conducted between the end of May and the beginning of June, posed an open-ended question to respondents, seeking their perspective on the greatest threat to the country. Half (50%) of the respondents identified China as the most substantial threat, while only 17% pointed to Russia, 2% to North Korea, and another 2% identified the United States itself as a threat.

This comes amidst the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, where the conventional perception might have leaned toward Russia as a prominent threat. You may remember the recent Chinese spy balloon that was shot down by the military in February, sparking major espionage concerns. In response, the House of Representatives swiftly passed a unanimous resolution condemning China’s alleged spy activities.

Anxieties have also escalated concerning alleged Chinese spying through popular apps like TikTok. These concerns prompted both a Justice Department investigation and a Congressional hearing to address potential risks.

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