Poll Shows Increasing Transatlantic Convergence on China

Poll Shows Increasing Transatlantic Convergence on China

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (right) and U.S. President Joe Biden on June 14, 2021.Credit: Official NATO photo

Public opinion trends suggest that there is a strong foundation for transatlantic cooperation on China-related challenges.

On both sides of the Atlantic, China is getting increasingly greater attention. The G-7 Leaders Communique signed in Cornwall last week endorsed cooperating with China on global challenges such as climate change. At the same time, the leaders of the world’s leading democracies called out Beijing for its non-market policies and practices, as well as its transgressions against human rights in Xinjiang and its failure to live up to its pledge to uphold a high degree of autonomy in Hong Kong.

That agenda reflects the priorities and concerns of their publics, which hold increasingly negative views about China and its influence in global affairs. New polling confirms this trend and reveals an emerging convergence among American, Canadian, and European publics on China, which is good news for U.S. President Joe Biden and others who seek to strengthen transatlantic cooperation.

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