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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US public's view of China has fallen sharply amid mounting strategic and trade disputes between the two countries in recent years, a US think tank said on Tuesday.
A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 60 percent of Americans had a negative view of China, the highest since the poll began 14 years ago, up from 47 percent a year ago.
Many Americans see China as a more military threat than economic, despite the trade war triggered by President Donald Trump after taking office in 2017.
The majority of respondents (53 percent) said economic relations with China were in crisis, but half of them They said China's growing economy was good for the United States, while 41 percent thought it was bad.
The Trump administration accuses Beijing of manipulating its currency, raising fears of currency warfare as well as trade battles.
Despite the rise of China's economy, more Americans generally regard the United States as the world's largest economic powerhouse, the center said.
By comparison, 81 percent believe China's military development, which led to its strategic intervention in the Pacific, Indian Ocean and Middle East regions, is bad.
Republicans tend more than Democrats to take negative views of China and pay attention to its military power.
The US public's view of China was much better when the Pew survey was launched in 2005, at which time only 35 percent of Americans viewed the Asian giant negatively.
Positive views of China began to erode from 2012, and since then the majority has viewed China negatively.
"The view of the Americans in China has been volatile over time," the Pew Center said, noting that the percentage of those who expressed "positive views surpassed those who had negative views during President Barack Obama's first term, but negative views have been overshadowed ever since." But he stressed that "negative views have never been higher" than they are now
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