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Majority of Filipinos see China ‘greatest threat’ to PH — poll

A MAJORITY of Filipinos consider China as the “greatest threat” to the Philippines, and backed President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s approach of not yielding to Asia's superpower amid its provocative actions in the disputed South China Sea, according to the latest survey conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia.

In the Pahayag 2023 First Quarter survey, majority of Filipinos have expressed trust toward Japan, the member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), Canada, South Korea, Australia, and the United States (US), Aside from China, Filipinos also distrust Russia, the survey said.

Blocked and bombed A China Coast Guard vessel trains a water canon on a Philippine resupply ship in this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard. PNA photo

The survey, conducted between March 2 and March 6, 2023 with 1,500 respondents, showed that 55 percent of them expressed trust toward Japan, followed closely by Asean and Canada, at 45 percent and 44 percent, respectively.

Interestingly, PUBLiCUS Asia said South Korea (39 percent), Australia (39 percent), and the US (39 percent) “share comparable levels of trust.”

However, it said that reservations are slightly more apparent in relation to the US, similar to attitudes toward the UK (34 percent) and the European Union (30 percent).

In contrast, the survey indicated a distinct lack of trust in China at 9 percent with Russia at 14 percent.

“Significantly, the survey highlights a considerable amount of mistrust towards China, largely attributed to the widespread belief that China poses the most significant threat to the Philippines at 79 percent,” the polling firm said.

The Pahayag First Quarter Survey is a nationwide purposive survey with 1,500 respondents randomly drawn from a market research panel of over 200,000 Filipinos maintained by PureSpectrum, a US-based panel marketplace with a multinational presence.

Meanwhile, in terms of foreign policy, the survey showed that six in every 10 Filipinos support the President's stance and strategies regarding the West Philippine Sea dispute.

PUBLiCUS Asia said this support “encompasses not yielding to China, seeking diplomatic resolution to territorial disagreements, and fortifying bilateral cooperation between the Philippines and China.”

“We have been following Filipino voters' perceptions of certain countries and international organizations since the first quarter of this year. We can infer that voters have varying attitudes towards these entities, particularly the United States, China, and Russia,” said Eric Estrabo, Pahayag Project Lead.

The Philippines and China are locked in a dispute over the South China Sea, where Beijing claims about 80 percent of the strategic water based on what it calls “historic rights.”

In January, Marcos flew to Beijing to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and urged him to establish direct communication lines with Manila to avoid “miscalculations and miscommunications” in the disputed waters.

Despite this diplomatic gesture, Chinese vessels continued to claim parts of Philippine waters, and have recently taken aggressive actions against Philippine vessels.

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