As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, unfavorable views of the nation where it all began are rising.
A 14-country Pew Research Center poll shows that in all 14 nations, a majority of people surveyed said they held a negative opinion of China, which has been widely criticized for secrecy and obfuscation during the critical weeks that followed the outbreak of the virus in Wuhan.
The survey polled residents of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Korea, Spain, Canada, Japan, France, Italy, Belgium, Denmark and Australia.
In Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United States, South Korea, Spain and Canada, negative views on China hit peaks since the survey was first taken more than a decade ago.
Although President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have consistently criticized China’s handling of the pandemic, the U.S. did not have the highest negative opinion of China, according to the survey.