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Survey shows rising mistrust of China

Fewer Filipinos trust China in the wake of the South China Sea dispute

August 10, 2012

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More than half of Filipinos have "little trust" in China in the wake of a four-month territorial dispute in the South China Sea, according to a survey by pollster Social Weather Stations. The survey, published by its media partner BusinessWorld,  found 55 percent of Filipinos had "little trust" in China, compared to 19 percent who said they have "much trust," a negative 36-point difference. In a similar study in March, the same pollster found a positive 10-point difference. In April, Philippine authorities tried to arrest Chinese fishermen near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, a cluster of small islands about 220km off the coast of the Philippines. The figures show that the -36 rating is the same as in June 1995 when the two countries had a dispute over Mischief Reef, also in the South China Sea. The current numbers come from a study conducted in late May.
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