China loses its lustre among Europeans but doors remain open: survey

China loses its lustre among Europeans but doors remain open: survey

China’s reputation in Europe has been tarnished by its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and its aggressive “Wolf Warrior” style of diplomacy, a survey of nearly 20,000 people from 13 countries has found.

But, as negative views of Beijing have grown across the continent, Europeans continued to regard trade and cooperation with China on climate change in a positive light, according to the report published this week by a group of 20 researchers.

The survey, led by the Sinophone Borderlands project at Palacky University in the Czech Republic, was carried out in September and October and covered Russia, Serbia and Britain as well as EU member states France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the Czech Republic.