Western views of China hit new lows amid pandemic

Washington (AFP) – Western views of China have soured sharply amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with record numbers in major developed countries seeing the Asian power unfavorably, a survey showed Tuesday.The 14-nation study by the Pew Research Center found a sharp deterioration of perceptions on China in the United States, where President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to pin blame on Beijing for the pandemic.Seventy-three percent of Americans see China unfavorably, an increase of nearly 20 percentage points since Trump took office in 2017 on a nationalist agenda.Negativity toward China shot up…

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