- 14 Mar 2002
- Reaction score
Good news for Japan, I assume.
Over 58 percent of the 1,000 respondents called China “close to evil” while only 4.5 percent said that it was “close to good.” Yoon Seok-youl, a conservative politician, on television during a press conference in Seoul in June. He has been openly critical of China. Negative views of China have deepened in other advanced countries as well, but among the 14 nations surveyed last year by Pew Research Center, South Korea was the only one in which younger people held more unfavorable views toward China than previous generations.
“Until now, hating Japan was such a part of Korean national identity that we have a common saying: You know you are a real Korean when you feel hateful toward Japan for no particular reason,” said Jeong Han-wool, a chief analyst at Hankook Research. “In our survey, people in their 40s and older still disliked Japan more than China. But those in their 20s and 30s, the generation who will lead South Korea in the coming decades, tipped the scale against China.”
More than 58% of the 1,000 respondents called China "close to evil,” while only 4.5% said that it was "close to good.”