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Chinese, Taiwanese view each other differently: poll

Chinese, Taiwanese view each other differently: poll

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) The majority of people in Taiwan view China as nothing more than a business partner, while most people in China see Taiwan as "kin, " according to the results of a survey released Tuesday.
The poll, conducted jointly by agencies on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, found that 53.6 percent of the respondents in Taiwan see Chinese as "business partners, " while 13.1 percent said they are "friends." In China, 52.3 percent of the respondents said they see relations across the strait as existing between "family members, " while 16.2 percent said Taiwan is a "business partner." The survey, conducted in May by Taiwan's Global View monthly magazine and 104 Job Bank and a Chinese market research firm Oracle Added Value, also asked the respondents whether they thought the two sides would eventually unify, Taiwan would attain independence, or the status quo would be maintained.
In Taiwan, 60 percent of the respondents said they foresee no change in the status quo, 16.1 percent said Taiwan and China will move toward unification, and 8.9 percent said Taiwan will gain independence.
Responding to the same question, 64.2 percent in China said they believe the two sides will become one nation, 26.7 percent said the status quo will be maintained and 5.1 percent said Taiwan will become independent.
Asked to pinpoint the major advantages their country has over the other side, 38.75 percent of the respondents in Taiwan said "living standards," while 15.2 percent pointed to an "open society." For the Chinese respondents, their country's international standing was seen by 39.8 percent as its chief advantage over Taiwan, while 19.5 percent identified "respect for tradition." Asked what they would most like to do in China, 56.8 percent of the Taiwanese respondents said sightseeing, 18 percent said work, and 15 percent said invest in the real estate sector. For 36.1 percent, there was nothing they wanted to do, as they said they had no wish to visit China.
Some 70.5 percent of the Chinese respondents said what they would most like to do in Taiwan is go sightseeing, 25 percent said they want to live in Taiwan, while 23.3 percent said they have no desire to travel to the island.
The survey was conducted by telephone in Taiwan May 11-13 using a random sample of 1,004 people 18 years and over. In China, a random sample of 3,192 people in eight Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, were interviewed between May 20 and June 3.
(By Elizabeth Hsu)




Updated : 2021-05-13 12:14 GMT+08:00