Amazingly, surveys of the American people now reveal the vast majority of them do not trust their new Chinese friends at all, with most apparently considering them a more pressing threat even than Iran or North Korea – coming as something of a relief to Japanese who had been left pondering being dumped in favour of China.

Surveys of the US public conducted by Pew (some months prior to China’s latest efforts to wrest the Ryukyus from Japan) paint a dismal picture of US attitudes to their Chinese friends.

A mere 26% of Americans thought China could be trusted, and only a third believed China takes the interests of other nations into account.

In contrast, 62% thought Japan could be trusted, and majorities even trusted the likes of Britain, France, Israel and India.

Meanwhile 66% of those questioned viewed China as a “competitor” to the US, and 15% went further and considered them an “enemy.”

45% viewed Obama’s servile policy towards China as not being tough enough, compared to 39% who considered it about right – needless to say, Republicans were much harder on China than Democrats, although 48% of them still viewed China’s rise as a “major threat” to the US, compared to 60% of Republicans.

26% also thought China represented the biggest national threat to US security, more than such darlings of US foreign policy as Iran (16%) and North Korea (13%). Bizarrely, 1% actually thought Japan represented the greatest threat to the US, compared to 3% for Russia and “0%” for evil terrorists.


Japanese are delighted to learn that their own nearly universal loathing of China is shared by their American masters:

“An expected result!”

“I’m more shocked about 40% of them not trusting Japan…”

“Probably most of them were ‘no opinion’ and ‘don’t know’ though.”

“How long are they going to hold stuff against Japan for? It’s not like Obama holds stuff against whites…”

“Be thankful for that 60%, I bet hardly any Japanese trust America.”

“Only 62%…”

“Blame it on those damn Okinawans protesting their military all the time, they think we are all anti-American as a result.”

“So that stuff about Americans favouring China over Japan was just fabrication?”

“Pretty scary that there are 26% of them dumb enough to trust China. Not that Japan is likely to be any better.”

“What percentage of the 26% were Chinese Americans though?”

“Their universities are all full of Chinese, there’s your reason.”

“26% is rather a lot really.”

“I used to think China could be trusted when we were learning about Confucius in school.”

“I’m a bit worried about all their young people trusting China though…”

“The young ones are gradually being taken in by all the Chinese propaganda. Both America and Japan ought to be concerned about that.”

“Their young people have really fallen for China’s ploys, haven’t they?”

“The young ones are too left-wing!”

“Just be thankful their young people aren’t getting this level of anti-Japanese education:”


“I bet if they took it again after the riots in China it would be in the single digits…”

“What do we have to do to become one of America-sama’s states?”

“Give it up, if we did manage to become one we’d make up too much of their electorate, they’d never abide it.”

“Who asked for a Japanese president if Japan did become a state. We need a strong American president, putting some spineless Japanese politician in there would make the whole thing pointless.”

“It’s hardly surprising they hate a currency manipulating communist dictatorship which has ruined their industries.”

“Come on you damn yanks, only 62% of you trust your loyal little Japanese doggy?”

“We’re supposed to be their ally!”

“Just remember that the average American doesn’t care about or have any knowledge of other countries at all.”

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    Avatar of TonyBaka
    Comment by TonyBaka
    23:36 21/09/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'm Vietnamese-American so I especially dislike China, but not because it is in my blood. I've been to Vietnam and have seen the state it lies in and I've heard the news of what China is trying to do to what would have been my home country, and I'm experiencing first-hand China's impact on America every day. I don't like it one bit, and every well-informed American should be upset about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:58 25/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Vietnamese have a very good reason to be suspicious of Chinese interests, concidering the actions of the Chinese state in regards to Vietnam in the 70s and the 80s.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:41 25/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not saying you're wrong or anything but I do wonder about Americans who are hating on China for trying to take land and resources, yet completely ignore and not care about their own country doing the very same tihng.

    The only difference is China doesn't give a rat's ass about trying to hide their ulterior motives. Whereas America tries to vehemently keep up this charade of liberating countries.

    I'm just saying...

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    Comment by Guo
    16:18 21/09/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    74% of Americans “Don’t Trust” Goverment too...

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    Comment by Erranty
    20:03 21/09/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    No, we just know that we're fucked no matter how we vote. Congress tried to pass 3 internet censorship bill one after another because each one got protested, then we got that illegal international treaty that stated the exact same stuff and more (it was illegal because it was drafted in secrecy) that luckily got shut down because the European Union said "hell no, that'd get all of our officials killed!"

    The recent Healthcare bill/law is just Extortion because you have to have Insurance now, glad to see that money Insurance companies spent lobbying the Congressmen didn't go to waste... Fuckers...

    And they're trying again with a bill that'll allow the military to detain anyone (including citizens) indefinitely without trial on suspicion of being a terrorist... No way that could be misused! (Sarcasm.)

    Comment by Anonymous

    I don't trust it. Hopefully a new generation of Oswalds and Mansons will rise to challenge this corrupt system.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:32 21/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    It's about time the world realize what China truly is. The truth is: the FREE countries of East Asia hates China, all Southeast Asian countries hates China, and all South Asian countries hates China. China the big bully of Asia can go to hell.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    19:34 21/09/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Everyone in that part of the world hates each other. They've spent centuries try to conquer each other, collect tribute from each other, thumbing their noses at each other, and probably a few other things no one else has thought of yet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 22/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whilst the rest of the world have enjoyed centuries of uninterrupted peace?

    Comment by Anonymous

    I like to think of everyone being butthurt because China used to be the backwater and now they are in the front of everything (except quality in some cases). The fact it has an unbroken string of historic heritage also says something of its integrity among the Asian countries that try so hard to be free and what's not. There is something to be learned of this and that is China has merely survived everything everyone has thus far thrown at it and prospered. Additionally, the PRC survey is about as accurate as someone asking donkeys to fill out leave forms for holidays from constant carrot chasing. These percentages represent America's insecurity and scrutiny to all those who don't follow their 'concepts' and in a way, the irony is that the USA resembles pretty much like Islam right now, it seems unable to tolerate anyone who has another way that works, and it cannot unhinge itself from thinking that other party is a threat when in fact: lets look at how many wars US has started. How many has ended, and how many seem to be on the brink of starting? Take a look at how many China has started in the recent 'rising eastern power' years: NONE. Look carefully, and think about what a real threat is. The real threat is the perceived one, one people like Mitt is hammering into the very minds of otherwise smart and wise people. We cannot weigh people on an overgeneralization, just because China vetoed on Syria means hardly much in the large scale and long term of things. At the core of it all is simply USA's rotting feature of 'Big Brother Mentality' One indeed it seems unable to shift from since the Cold War.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    02:58 24/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    China started The Korean War in 1950.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Inb4 insults and claims that china started wars in tibet, uyghurland, equestria, etc.

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    Comment by Anony Moose
    15:36 22/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pakistan still likes China because they support them in their fight against India (who is backed by Russia).

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    Comment by kazaza2
    23:41 21/09/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Japan has been a good and loyal friend to the US for almost 70 years. The US should be prepared to go to the wall for Japan because that's what friends do when they are in trouble.
    The Chameleon PRC government changes appearance to give the perception that it is your friend. It changed from a murderous Communist regime into a quasi Capitalist totalitarian state that still has the ambitions of its former leaders like Mao. They just changed their Mao suits for bankers three piece suits.
    China has done nothing but play the aggressor and stir up trouble all over the world since 1949. Millions have died at their hands. Trust? Not if were smart.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    01:54 22/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Sadly, there's a lot of dumb people.

    Most people here in the U.S. don't care one way or another so long as their children are fed and safe, and that the economy is strong.

    Besides, no survey is completely accurate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 22/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese are pretty civilized people if they would have nuked our country we would pretend to be friends with them so they will trust us make them like our food and culture and after that kill them all

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:15 22/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't say it that way,the son country Japan begging with tears for help from their Daddy Sam.Spare Japan some face and give them some hope just for the sake of ironed out two Japanese cities in for Chinese,they don't need punch out Japan cause the God has its plan,the tsunami,the nuclear plant explosion,by the way,is it a sign from Heaven,Japan will be destroyed by NUCLEAR and sink.i'm waiting in a sofa with a popcorn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 22/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They probably would have been even more civilized if we hadden't spent the better part of a century treating them like shit.

    First we treated them like shit because they were an isolationist society and we were an imperial power.

    Then we treated them like shit because they became an imperialist power and we were an enlightened power.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:38 22/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    China is a scorpion:

    A scorpion crawl back and forth near a river, a fox came along a notice the scorpion. The fox ask what's the scorpion is doing. The scorpion say he wants to cross the river and asked the fox to carry him across. The fox would like to help but don't won't to be sting once on his back, crossing the river. The scorpion say he'll also drown if he did sting. So the fox see his point and let the scorpion crawl on his back and began swimming across the river. Halfway through the river, the scorpion, on the fox's back, crawl to the fox's neck and stung him. As the poison flow into the fox's veins, his legs start to slow down, he can't make it in time. The fox told the scorpion why he stung him, now they'll both die. The scorpion replies: "I'm sorry, I can't help it, it's in my nature."

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:13 22/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Actuly as with most poisonous bugs like that it isn't actuly their nature its generaly a defence.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sad a lot of people in U.S. don't think that way. Look at the MMO guys their anti-japan than anything else!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:09 22/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah America and Japan are buddies who often have sleep over in each other's tree house! LOL
    On a global scale there is no friendship or royalty, just self interest and money. All super powers are aggressors with self interest at heart...
    With about 600+ U.S. military base around the world its a bit hard to say American is a peace loving country who keep to them self...
    Don't be ignorant in thinking there's justice and friendship in global diplomacy.

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    Comment by Jack
    15:14 21/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    ONLY 74%? In Vietnam, 100% of us give no trust and respect to those barbarian invaders.

    Same thing for the Filipinos, Japanese, Taiwanese, Russian, and Tibetan.

    Avatar of Obeah
    Comment by Obeah
    17:54 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm one of those 100% :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:46 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, he's right about the Filipino's having no trust or respect for the Chinese. Did you hear about the tour bus of Chinese in the Philippines? It was hijacked and the Chinese people on board all shot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:54 22/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Those People were from Hong Kong. I do feel sory for them. I wish tHong Kong became a separate country, instead of being part of that ridiculous Commie Country up north making exploding things as one of their specialties..

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:26 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They were Canadians.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:26 22/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    misinformation, not everyone was shot.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Great moment that was. It should be repeated more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:48 22/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reminds me of our old russian joke:
    China and Russia got in the war, China droped atomic bomb = 10 million people died. Russians droped rubber bomb = 100 million died....bomb is still jumping.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:55 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, Because punishing the open minded-chinese that travel globally will help =\

    Not ALL chinese are bad... the racist hateful ones are typically the ones that never leave the country, much like the ones in america who wouldn't be able to point the difference between china and korea on a map.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:23 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really? I'm interested because I'm vietnamese. Can you tell me more about what Vietnam though about this conflict?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:48 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm Vietnamese I don't like China. Even though I may have Chinese blood in my vein thank to the cultural extermination back in the Northern Colonial period. I still have to say, I won't trust China.

    If you're Vietnamese (who really care about your future) you should know about China tricks to destroy Vietnamese economic and culture. Especially in construction business, we all know that the Made in Chinese structure will just collapse or made out of craps.

    Đéo bao giờ chơi với Trung Quốc.
    (Never trust China)

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    Comment by KingFisher
    16:59 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Ignore the guy talking about vietnam. Those taht fought in the Vietnam war have PTSD. Vietnam was never an invader during the 70's. The US jumped into a civil war that really it had no business in. The guy is wrong. 100% of americancs protested the draft in the 70's because they were against the Vietnam war.Those protest were asking to bring soldiers home and stop sending new ones. Vietnam was a war the US had to eventually abandon and let the country itself fight it out because the US didn't know what the hell it was doing there. The US was supposed to be in an out, to give brief aid. That's it. Instead we go on a full out interference. The soldiers there got so freaked out by the methods of fighting it caused trauma. Most Vietnam vets still think they are in Vietnam and thus fear of invasion due to PTSD. Delusions.

    Difference between Vietnam and China...China is making visible "invasions", through hacking and through hostile economic takeovers. While I say invasions there isn't a lot of proof right now. It's more like they are just bullying the rest of the world. Frankly no one like's China yet they are grabbing the world by the balls. Big problem is even if foreign investors want to pull out of China and move to Africa, it seems the Chinese Government predicted this sooner than the rest of the world. Guess what? China's moving their factories over to africa. They're 1 step ahead of everyone else. The only salvation is if the country collapses upon itself.

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    Comment by hoho
    00:32 22/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It is a mostly unknown fact even for Vietnamese themselves that many soldiers of Imperial Japan Army did join the Vietminh (Vietnamese partisans) against the French in the first Indo-Chinese war after Japan surrendered. So in fact Japanese are the first international friends of Vietnam.

    For the China-Japan conflict I don't give a fuck about Chinese playing victims since they did more horrible crimes against Vietnamese people during their two periods of occupations (ancient times and Ming dynasty) than the Japanese did to them. They should be glad that the Japanese raped Nanking - the capital of their much hate "reactionaist" Cheng's government.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:52 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stupid enough to throw around figures like 100% of americans protested draft.

    Vietnam has the right to feel suspicious towards the chinese. Not only 1979, but throughout history invasions and threats emerged from the north. Vietnamese are racially and culturally bullied by chinese who feel great deal of racial supremacism when talking about vietnamese. Deng said it so when meeting US officials in 1979: We are spanking the bottom of an unruly child. It speaks to a great deal of undeserved cultural idiocy that specifically seeks to degrade the vietnamese as 'inferiors'.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:23 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh I see now. Thanks for the information.
    But I still can't see what does Vietnam think about the conflict between China and Japan.
    Since I live in Europe, and don't know so much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:34 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    My father was almost lost his life in the skirmish in 1988 with China. He served as a radioman on a ship which joined the suicide mission to transport troop to Vietnam Spratly Islands outposts. Many was killed by PLA at that time. He came back alive but many others were not so lucky. I was born at the end of 1988. My life would be messed up if he didn't come back. If you think Vietnam would trust China, you're deadly wrong. Only the Pro-China government (full of corruption) subdue Vietnamese who try to protest against China. If you are interested in Vietnam, you should know there are over 20 protests campaign all over Vietnam toward China already. Most of them are to blame our so-called Leaders who prostituted us to the North. We're living in shame thank for a coward and corruption government. Many protesters was "vanished" and you know what I mean.

    I have my Chinese friends like you, but I will never trust Communist China Gov.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:34 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yet your whores will gladly take our money. And if we're stupid enough, marry one of us to escape that place.

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    Comment by Neonie
    18:12 21/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I trust start World War 3 over some stupid fucking islands.

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    Comment by MadScientist
    15:47 21/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    These figures are way off because I didn't vote and my vote is equivalent to thousands.

    and wtf is Pew Research Center and where they getting these percentages and how many people were even included in this?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:15 21/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    The initials of the Pew Research center are PRC, like People's Republic of China.

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    Comment by Y0k41
    17:03 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same here, and I feel left out as one who actually enjoys surveys :C

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    17:03 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Site seems legit.

    The number make sense as well.

    - Communist
    - Emerging economic power
    - Emerging military power
    - Job loss to China

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:55 22/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The site seems /not/ legit.

    The site includes generalized text not supported by the questions and responses, e.g., it says, "Yet, a majority describes China as a competitor and few say the U.S. can trust the Asian nation."

    I didn't see a question reading, "Do you trust China?"

    That question is so broad as to be meaningless.

    By "China" does one mean the Chinese government, Chinese nationals living in China, Chinese nationals living in other countries, people of Chinese descent, or what?

    /Some/ -- not all, and probably not most -- people in government, business, and the military lie, cheat, steal, and oppress other people.

    I don't see that being tied to a particular national affiliation or genetic descent.

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    Comment by DensukeMW
    02:34 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Honestly i dont trust in this... why?
    1-China banned the use of english supposedly to preserve their traditions.
    2-China banned the browse trought foering website, for that reazon they also banned facebook and they made their own social website.
    -I would like to know the font of this information or who is the responsible to get such info.

    -Maybe im wrong but does not Sankaku Complex are inciting hatred toward China?

    -Why all the comments that i do in spanish are moved to the bottom or even deleted?

    Comment by Anonymous

    They're call that because they just pew pew up the votes >.>

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    Comment by Cytryz
    17:57 21/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    i wonder if the last pic counts as cp in the laws eyes.

    i wouldnt trust china either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:32 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think this should be reported. Don't you sir?

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    Comment by Erranty
    19:53 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Reporting the mother for indecency? Child Endangerment? Being Ugly?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:32 23/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm Chinese. I can't stand the how parents teach their kids that public urination is acceptable there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:18 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    All of the above...but let's go with Child Endangerment for the sake of time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:35 21/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Report CNN and BBC for haiti pictures than. This is just news piece article pictures from credited sources on the web. Nice try though.

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