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Favourability towards China has increased to 16% since the release of the two Michaels

1 in 6 Canadians view the Chinese regime with a favourable eye.

A study by Angus Reid earlier this month confirmed that the favourability of China among Canadians has increased to 16%, 6 points higher than when the question was previously asked on Sept. 24, prior to the release of the two Michaels. This is still significantly lower than in 2018 before the two Michaels were arbitrarily imprisoned there (38%).

“Canada’s relationship with China has been complicated of late. While trade with China has increased, diplomatic relations have been strained. China banned beef and pork exports from Canada for months in 2019 and has placed restrictions and bans on canola exports for nearly two years. And most notably, at the behest of the U.S., Canadian authorities arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in 2018. In response, China arrested two Canadians and tried them with espionage.”

Favourability towards China has increased to 16% since the release of the two Michaels

When Canadians were asked in October, the countries with the most favourable views were Germany (77%) and the United Kingdom (75%). China was among the least favourable countries, second to Saudi Arabia, at 9%.

Favourability towards China has increased to 16% since the release of the two Michaels

When Canadians assessed their views about Canada’s relationship with China, 76% said human rights and the rule of law should be the most important factors while 24% said trade and investment opportunities should be Canada’s top priority.

For the complete poll results and methodology, please visit the Angus Reid Institute website.


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