A new survey claims nearly 80% of respondents in China have a favorable attitude towards Russia but views on the US have worsened FILE PHOTO. © AFP / MARK RALSTON

A recent survey has revealed that a majority of Chinese citizens hold a favorable view of Russia, while most respondents named the US as the least positively perceived out of a list of 25 countries.

The online survey was conducted by the Central European Institute of Asian Studies think tank in March, shortly after Russia launched its military operation in Ukraine, and was published earlier this week. Researchers questioned more than 3,000 residents in mainland China to evaluate their perception of the world at a time of war, presenting them with a list of 25 countries which they were asked to rank in terms of favorability.

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“This is a unique survey which gives broad and detailed insights into Chinese people’s attitudes at a crucial time in international relations, just after the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” said Dr. Richard Q. Turcsanyi, who led the survey. “Our findings show that the Chinese public was not disturbed by the Russian moves and actually seems to support Russia in the war,” he added.

Of the 25 countries that respondents were asked about, Russia was revealed to be the most positively perceived nation, while the US was the most negatively viewed one. Researchers found that nearly 80% of respondents had positive feelings about Russia, and around the same proportion said their view of the country had improved over the past three years.

Asked why their view of Russia had improved, many cited their admiration for the country’s leadership. Some of the common responses were “Trust Putin,” “Putin has guts,” and “Strong leadership.” Many Chinese people also stated that they felt a “brotherly love” between Russia and China, while some said they believed that “the enemy of an enemy is our friend.” (RT)