Asean citizens view China as paramount future partner: Japan poll

TOKYO: Nearly half of people surveyed in Southeast Asia picked China as the region's most important partner in the future, surpassing Japan for the first time, according to the results of a Japanese government opinion poll released on Wednesday.

Asean citizens view China as paramount future partner: Japan poll
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Asean citizens view China as paramount future partner: Japan poll

published : 26 May 2022 at 12:56

writer: Kyodo News

Hands of China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai who jointly host a press conference after their meeting as part of the 52nd Asean Ministerial Meeting 2019 at the Centara Grand in Bangkok on July 30, 2019. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

TOKYO: Nearly half of people surveyed in Southeast Asia picked China as the region's most important partner in the future, surpassing Japan for the first time, according to the results of a Japanese government opinion poll released on Wednesday.

The survey showed 48% of respondents from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations chose China, unchanged from the last survey in fiscal 2019. China was followed by 43% for Japan, down 8 percentage points, and 41% for the United States, up 4 points.

It marked the first time that Beijing has ranked first since the Foreign Ministry started the survey in the current format in fiscal 2015.

The result may reflect China's deepening ties with and increasing its clout in Asean through "vaccine diplomacy" of providing Covid-19 vaccine shots for developing nations, a Foreign Ministry official said.

Asked about which countries they believe are important partners now, 56% of the respondents chose China, down 3 points but staying on top of the list.

Fifty percent picked Japan, down 7 points.

Commissioned by the Foreign Ministry, Hong Kong-based marketing research firm Ipsos conducted the survey online and in person in January, covering 2,700 respondents in all Asean members but the conflict-hit Myanmar, ranging in age from 18 to 59.

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