Source: Global Times Published: 2018-1-5
China`s overall global image is steadily improving and the Communist Party of China (CPC) has earned the image of "full and strict self-governance," showed a global survey on China`s national image revealed on Friday.
The report, "2016-2017, China National Image Global Survey," said overseas respondents were generally impressed by the "full and strict self-governance" of the CPC, its "exceptional organization and mobilization abilities" and "strong power to unite." The report was released in Beijing on Friday.
"More people in developing countries than in developed countries thought that the CPC is `enjoying the people`s support` and `having impressive learning and innovation abilities,` the report added.
Cheng Manli, deputy dean of Peking University`s School of Journalism and Communication, told the Global Times on Friday that "foreigners are impressed by the CPC`s efforts to fight corruption, which not only target flies but also tigers and has achieved some effect."
Image of China`s ruling party Graphics: China National Image Global Survey 2016-2017
Overall, overseas respondents, especially those in developing countries, attributed China`s rapid development to its development path and model. They were also impressed by the dominant position of the State-owned economy in this path and model, read the report.
Evaluation of China`s development path and model
This is the fifth global survey of China`s national image and was jointly conducted by the China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration`s Center for International Communication Studies, Kantar Millward Brown, a global research agency and Lightspeed, a digital data collection company from March to June in 2017.
The survey interviewed citizens of 22 countries in Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Oceania and Africa. With 500 respondents from each country, a total of 11,000 respondents selected from the global panel of Lightspeed Research were included in this survey. The survey was conducted through online questionnaires and strictly followed the international standards for online polls, Peng Yan, a director from Kantar Millward Brown, told a press conference on Friday.
The report also showed that China`s overall international image is steadily improving.
China has seen a steady rise in its image in recent years. Compared with 2015, the three countries whose rating of China rose the most were all developed countries - Italy (up 0.5 point), Canada (up 0.4 point) and the UK (up 0.4 point).
Overall image of China
In terms of performance in global and domestic affairs, China got a score of 6.5 and 6.2 points out of 10, respectively, showing more recognition of its ability to handle international affairs. China ranked behind the US, and was followed by Russia, Germany and the UK.
China in the eyes of developed and developing countries since 2013
Top five countries with the biggest influence in global affairs
"China`s overall national image has been enhanced under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping at its core since the Party`s 18th National Congress," Wang Gangyi, deputy director of the China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration, said at the news conference.
"As socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, we are tasked with shaping China`s national image and presenting it to the rest of the world," Wang noted.
He suggested future surveys and research focus on Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, tap the data values related to Chinese proposals and approach, and enhance the capability to create research topics, so as to build on the brand of independent opinion polls. The goal is to tell China`s story well in the journey ahead, and present a true, multi-dimensional and panoramic view of China to the international community.
Wang Wen, executive dean of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China, said on Friday that "data from the report also showed China`s achievements in economic development and science, as well as fields that need to be improved, including environmental protection."
Cheng of Peking University said the report also showed that China has a greater initiative in showing its image to the world.
"Foreigners once got to know about China from Western media news reports or information from their governments, which might be biased or misrepresented. But China has since taken various measures to promote overseas publicity activities, use social media or other channels to exchange ideas with young people overseas and conduct cultural and educational exchanges with other countries. These moves help overseas residents know more about China," Cheng said.
Representative elements of Chinese culture
Other findings of the survey included wider recognition of China`s economic influence, more confidence in its future and higher expectations of it becoming the world`s largest economy. Chinese food, traditional Chinese medicine, high-speed railway and other cultural and high-tech elements remain the hallmarks of China`s national image.
Wang Wen is Executive Dean of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China.