China has higher favorable than unfavorable rating in Taiwan: poll

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/06/17
By: Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao

Image taken from Pixabay

Taipei, June 17 (CNA) More Taiwanese see China in a favorable than unfavorable light, but nearly 80 percent of the public disapprove of China’s recent actions, including enticing Burkina Faso to cut formal ties with Taiwan, according to a survey released Sunday.

The survey, conducted by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation, found China with a 48.8 percent favorability rating among respondents and a 43.9 percent unfavorability rating, the first time a majority of respondents in the annual poll saw China favorably.

Foundation Chairman You Ying-lung (游盈隆) said he was surprised and even stunned by the results, given that nearly 80 percent of respondents in a separate survey released by the foundation expressed disapproval of China’s hostile moves toward Taiwan recently.

They included luring away Burkina Faso, which switched allegiance to China last month, and demanding that international airlines list Taiwan as a part of China.

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