It’s probably not a surprise to most that public opinion of China fell sharply in North America and Western Europe due largely to trade disputes and the ongoing saga over the legal fate of Huawei CFO Meng Wenzhou who remains under house arrest in Vancouver while two Canadians are imprisoned in China.
But in Africa and the Middle East, particularly among young people, a majority of people are relatively positive about China, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Respondents in Tunisia and South Africa registered were among the most positive about China.
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